December 18, 2012


Dear Colleagues:
It is my great pleasure to announce that former Graduate Division Dean Gale Morrison has graciously agreed to serve as the acting dean of our Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, effective January 1, 2013. This appointment follows extensive consultation, and I would like to thank GGSE Dean Jane Conoley, EVC Gene Lucas, our Academic Senate, and our administrative and faculty colleagues who provided input and advice.

As I wrote in my campus memo of November 20, Dean Conoley will be serving as the acting chancellor of UC Riverside while the Riverside campus conducts a national search for their next chancellor. We wish her well in this exciting endeavor, and we are grateful for Dr. Morrison's willingness to provide interim leadership during Dean Conoley's leave of absence.

Prior to her retirement in June of 2012, Dr. Morrison served as the dean of our Graduate Division for more than seven years, and prior to that as the acting dean of our Gevirtz Graduate School of Education for a year and a half. She is a professor emeritus of education in the Counseling/Clinical/School Psychology Program of our Gevirtz School.

Dr. Morrison has contributed to our campus in countless ways over the years, including serving as chair of the UCSB Academic Senate Graduate Council and the UC NSF AGEP (Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate) Steering Committee, as co-chair of the UCSB Committee on Excellence in Graduate Education in preparation for WASC re-accreditation, and as a member of the UC Student Health Committee, the UC Academic Senate Coordinating Committee on Graduate Affairs, and the Council of Graduate Schools Government Relations Advisory Committee.

Please join me in thanking Professor Morrison for her willingness to return to our campus in order to help our Gevirtz School during this interim period. We appreciate Gale's leadership, her dedication to our campus, and the wisdom and experience she brings to this important role.


Henry T. Yang