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College of Graduate Studies, Office of the Dean

The College of Graduate Studies is currently providing all services remotely. Contact us by e-mail or by phone, Mon-Fri from 8AM-5PM. Deans office and staff contact information follows.

Interim Dean 2020

John Holcomb, PhD, Professor of Mathematics   
Vice Provost for Academic Programs 
Dean, College of Graduate Studies

Parker Hannifin Hall, 227

Assoc Dean Kosteas​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Bill Kosteas, PhD, Professor of Economics
Associate Dean, College of Graduate Studies

Parker Hannifin Hall, 229


S O'DellShandra O'Dell, Office Coordinator, Dean's Office

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Parker Hannifin Hall, 227​​​​​​​ 

Supports the Dean and Associate Dean—schedules meetings and manages calendars.​​​​​​​ 
​​​​​​​Coordinates and assists with Graduate Council, Graduate Faculty renewal, graduate program revisions, Ohio Department of Higher Education program coordination, and the Graduate Student Awards process.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Veronica Hill, M.Ed., Coordinator, Graduate Student & Faculty Services

Parker Hannifin Hall, 301

Assists with Academic Regulations and Actions including: Dismissals/warnings; Graduate Student petitions; Grade changes; Credit transfers; Transient Student approvals; Thesis/Dissertation proposal (committee) forms; Master's Thesis format review; and graduation applications.

Michael S. Hollenbaugh, Ph.D., Director, Graduate Admissions & Diversity Initiatives

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​PaRecruitment Dirrker Hannifin Hall, 302

Responsible for strategic enrollment management planning for all graduate programs and academic colleges. Oversees University initiative of recruiting and retaining a diverse and academically talented graduate student population. Oversees recruitment, training, supervision and evaluation of recruitment staff.

​​​​​​​Patricia Otcasek, MBA, M.Ed, Program Manager, Graduate Student Success Initiatives

​​​​​​​ParPCOker Hannifin Hall, 316 / Rhodes West, 238 (by appt.)

​​​​​​​Manages Grad Resource Center & Lounge. Creates professional development programming and directs annual awards programs, graduate student orientation, special events, and training/development workshops. Identifies opportunities for student growth and success, academic support, career preparation, leadership, and advocacy.  Liaises with campus/community partners to build a network of resources, information, and opportunities for graduate and professional students.

​​​​​​​Christopher Pokorny, MCIS, Manager, IT Support​​​​​​​, Office of Research & Graduate Studies

C Pokorny​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Parker Hannifin Hall, 303

Assists faculty and staff members of the College of Graduate Studies & Office of Research with IT-related topics, such as retrieving data from PeopleSoft, developing or maintaining certain aspects of the website, or working on special projects.

Graduate Student & Faculty Services Specialist

This position is currently vacant
Parker Hannifin Hall, 308

Coordinates and supervises administrative office functions related to graduate student services. Also provides administrative assistance and support to the Director of Graduate Recruitment and the College of Graduate Studies.

Coordinator, Graduate Student Recruitment

This position is currently vacant
​​​​​​​Parker Hannifin Hall, 312
Facilitates graduate recruitment and the graduate admission process for prospective students. Assists the Graduate Recruitment Director in implementing strategies, plans, programs and services to support University goals of attracting and graduating an academically talented and diverse graduate student population. ​​​​​​​

College of Graduate Studies 
Parker Hannifin Hall 
2258 Euclid Avenue, Suite 227
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Phone: 216-687-9370

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