Professor Andrew G. Campbell appointed Graduate School Dean

April 4, 2016

Members of the Brown Community,

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew G. Campbell, professor of medical science in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at Brown, as the next dean of the Graduate School of Brown University, effective July 1, 2016. The dean of the Graduate School reports directly to the provost and serves as a member of the University’s senior academic leadership team and the President’s Cabinet.  Professor Campbell will succeed Dean Peter Weber, who will conclude his service on June 30, 2016.

Graduate education has been central to the University’s mission of creating, communicating and preserving knowledge since the late 1880s; it is increasingly important to Brown’s capacity to achieve its ambitions of increased excellence in teaching, research and service as outlined in Building on Distinction, the University’s strategic plan.  As dean of the Graduate School, Professor Campbell will have primary responsibility for all aspects of the Graduate School, an endeavor that involves engaging and supporting more than 2,000 students enrolled in doctoral and master’s programs in 41 departments, centers and institutes. He will develop and implement a strategic agenda for the Graduate School, provide financial oversight and planning, oversee graduate student admission and funding, and lead and manage the Graduate School staff. In this role, he will work across the University to partner with departments, support student growth and success, and set and coordinate policies and standards to ensure overall academic quality and integrity.

Professor Campbell is an exceptional scholar and proven administrative leader who has demonstrated experience in graduate education.  He joined the University community as an assistant professor of medical science in 1994. Over the last two decades, in addition to his teaching and research, Professor Campbell has been director of the University’s Pathobiology Graduate Program and Marine Biological Laboratory Graduate Program. He is currently principal investigator of three training-related federal NIH grants, and has led with great success the NIH-funded Initiative to Maximize Student Development Program.  

Complementing his on-campus accomplishments in graduate education and training is a record of national engagement that includes service to the National Academy of Sciences, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, as a member of two Howard Hughes Medical Institute Advisory Boards and to several professional societies.

Professor Campbell’s research interests focus on neglected and emerging microbial diseases, particularly infectious diseases in neglected populations and regions. He has authored or co-authored numerous articles and publications, and has earned several honors and awards for his research, teaching and service, including: National Science Foundation CAREER Award; American Foundations for AIDS Research Investigator Award; Brown University Harriet W. Sheridan Center Medal for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning; and Brown University Presidential Award for Excellence in Faculty Governance.   Professor Campbell earned his Ph.D. in biology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his B.S. in biology at York College, City University of New York.

I am grateful to the search committee for their commitment to identifying an exceptional pool of candidates for this important role, and I am delighted that Professor Campbell has accepted this position. I look forward to working with him as he applies his considerable talents to advancing graduate education at Brown.


Richard M. Locke