I am pleased to announce that Dr. Barry Shur has accepted our offer to become the next Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Colorado Denver. He will arrive in mid-November. He was selected from a highly qualified pool of applicants in a rigorous search process.
Please extend a very warm welcome to Dr. Shur, who currently is Professor and Chair of the Department of Cell Biology in the School of Medicine at Emory University. Dr. Shur has a Ph.D. in Biology from The Johns Hopkins University. He brings very impressive credentials. He has considerable experience in mentoring students, faculty, and trainees at multiple levels and in directing and building graduate programs at two research-intensive institutions. He has rebuilt academic departments by recruiting numerous faculty and been involved in the design and occupancy of new biomedical research facilities. In his capacity as a member of NIH Study Sections and as an invited external reviewer, he has had the opportunity to review over 50 graduate programs in the biomedical sciences as well as NIH Graduate Program Partnerships.
Many of you reviewed his credentials and met with Dr. Shur during the interview process so you are aware of the tremendous strengths he brings to help move the Graduate School forward. There was remarkable consensus for him among search committee members and from a number of groups on both campuses. Their input recognized Dr. Shur’s personal strengths including: his stature as a scientist, his infectious enthusiasm, and his thoughtfulness. I hope that Dr. Shur’s passion about graduate education and scholarship and his concrete ideas about an upward trajectory for the Graduate School will be the catalyst necessary to bring our Graduate School to the top tier among graduate schools.
I would like to thank all those on the search committee, who worked so assiduously during the search process: Kristin Artinger, David Bentley, Zenaido Camacho, Carie Carroll, Min-Hyung Choi, Jill Conrad, Heide Ford, Angela Gover, Dawn Gregg, Gary Grunwald, George Hoover, Kevin Jacobs, Michael Jacobson, Frank Jermance, Deanna Sands, Susan Linville, Wendy Macklin, Rhea May, Paula Meek, David Port, Sharon Schear, Richard Traystman, and Vasilis Vasiliou. Special thanks go to Dan Howard and Pat Moritz the co-chairs who led the process, and to Vicky Starbuck, who assisted the search committee.
Finally, Please join me in expressing our deep gratitude to Bob Damrauer and John Freed for their tireless efforts on behalf of the Graduate School.
~ Roderick Nairn, Provost