PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — The Council of Graduate Schools, which represents approximately 500 colleges and universities in North America engaged in graduate education and research, has selected Brown University Graduate School Dean Andrew G. Campbell as the future chair of its board of directors.
Campbell, who has led Brown’s Graduate School since 2016, will serve as chair-elect in 2020 before stepping into the role of chair in 2021. His selection was made official during the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) annual meeting in December 2019.
“Preparing future leaders to contribute in significant ways to teaching, research and the advancement of knowledge across disciplines is a responsibility we take seriously at Brown, and the opportunity to connect the Graduate School with CGS at the board level is tremendously exciting,” Campbell said. “This appointment brings the opportunity to learn from a large number of diverse institutions as we continue to improve graduate education not only on our campus, but on a national level as well.”
At Brown, Campbell is responsible for engaging and supporting more than 2,600 students enrolled in doctoral and master’s programs in more than 40 departments, centers and institutes, including the School of Engineering, the School of Public Health and the School of Professional Studies.
In addition to his role as Graduate School dean, Campbell is a professor of medical science whose research focuses on microbial diseases. He has taught and advised Brown undergraduate and graduate students since 1994, when he came to campus as an assistant professor.
He is currently principal investigator of two federal National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants and leads the NIH-funded Initiative to Maximize Student Development, a program that at Brown has significantly improved both recruiting and performance of students from groups historically underrepresented in doctoral programs across the disciplines.
Campbell has received a number of honors over his two and a half decades as a teacher, researcher and mentor, including the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the American Foundation for AIDS Research Investigator Award, and Brown’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Faculty Governance.
CGS is governed by a 12-member board of directors drawn from member institutions. It is a national organization dedicated to the advancement of graduate education and research with a focus on advocacy in the policy arena, innovative research and the development and dissemination of best practices. Campbell will succeed Sally Pratt, vice provost for graduate programs at the University of Southern California, who will serve as board chair in 2020.