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Vice Provost elected to board of Council of Graduate Schools (Released: 1/6/98)

by Luis Mocete, Office of University Communications.

Storrs, Conn. -- Robert V. Smith, vice provost for research and graduate education and dean of the graduate school at the University of Connecticut, has been elected to the board of directors of the Council of Graduate Schools for 1998.

The Council is the largest national association organized specifically to support the interests of graduate education. Its members include more than 400 U.S., Canadian and international colleges and universities engaged in research, scholarship and the preparation of candidates for advanced degrees.

"The council is the pre-eminent organization in the United States representing graduate schools and their deans," says Smith, a COVENTRY resident. "Graduate schools and deans look to the council for advice on where graduate education is heading now and in the future."

The council offers many opportunities for deans and graduate school personnel to exchange ideas and share information on major issues in graduate education.

"Bob will be expected to bring to the board wisdom on timely issues, like policy and future trends in graduate education," says Gordhan Patel, former chairman of the council’s board and dean of the graduate school at the University of Georgia. "I have no doubt Bob will accomplish this because of his considerable experience in graduate education and the research arena."

Smith, who joined UConn from Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., in August, has an impressive resume that includes a total of nearly 30 years as a faculty member at WSU, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Iowa. He also has a distinguished research background in medicinal chemistry and more than 23 years of administrative experience in a variety of capacities, most recently in a position similar to the one he has at UConn.