Webster University appoints Beth Russell as assistant provost for graduate studies


By Kavahn Mansouri

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Beth Russell, Ph.D. was named assistant provost for graduate studies in the Office of Academic Affairs, starting June 1. Russell will coordinate efforts to better assist Webster’s graduate studies.

Provost and Senior Vice President Julian Schuster said in a Webster Today press release that Webster has more than 16,000 Webster graduate students at all Webster locations and online.

“The vast majority of them (graduate students) are working professionals who are pursuing their degrees to advance their careers in the business, government, or nonprofit sector, or they are affiliated with the military – serving our country or transitioning to civilian life,” Schuster said in the May 15 press release. “We look forward to Beth’s contribution to improving the graduate student experience to reach our goal of maintaining and solidifying our graduate enrollment.”

Russell, who served as associate vice president for academic affairs since 2007, will also oversee student records, degree progression and work with academic advising.

The May 15 press release in part stated, “As assistant provost for graduate studies, Russell will oversee authorizations required for extended locations and programs and compliance with such agreements, supervise student records and track degree progression, facilitate communication with students with regard to academic discipline, and oversee Academic Advising.”

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