Graduate and Professional School Staff

Who We Are

The Graduate and Professional School provides comprehensive support for Aggies who are pursuing graduate degrees or professional certifications. We are a resource for students from admission through graduation; our staff can help you with degree planning, responsible research, thesis and dissertation review, professional development and more.


Advocates For Excellence

The graduate school helps to establish procedures that guarantee the highest quality of educational experience for graduate and professional students at Texas A&M.

We constantly seek to enhance the academic environment to ensure that students are creating scholarship and scientific inquiry at their highest level. We also foster interdisciplinary and intercollegiate relationships within our programs and research activities, so that our students have access to the brightest minds regardless of location.


Expert Resources

Graduate school staff are experts in all things related to graduate and professional studies. If you have questions but aren’t sure who to contact, you can start by exploring our areas of expertise.

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Associate Provost and Dean and Leadership Team

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Dr. Fuhui tong

Interim Associate Provost and Dean

Dr. Tong oversees all aspects of the Graduate and Professional School. She advocates for graduate and professional students and pursues continual improvement in graduate education.  

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Dr. charles criscione

Associate Dean

Dr. Criscione oversees Thesis & Dissertation Services, English Language Proficiency Verification & Certification, and Graduate Committee Faculty, as well as provides direction in the SEC Emerging Scholars Program, Network for Administrative Faculty, and Interdisciplinary Degree Programs.

Amy Fritcher

Amy fritcher

Chief of Staff

Provides leadership and direction on the daily operations for the Graduate and Professional School. 

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Dr. Julie Harlin

Associate Dean

Dr. Harlin provides administrative oversight for several graduate strategic initiatives such as TATEP, Graduate Research Mentoring, graduate RCR training, and university collaborations.

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Jacqueline Perez

Director

Jacqueline Perez leads teams involved with Business Services, Budget, College Allocations and Graduate Employment. 

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Trent Smith

Assistant Director

Trent Smith leads the team involved with Graduate Records Processing.

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Dr. Shannon Walton

Assistant Dean

Dr. Walton leads teams involved with Recruiting, Professional Development and Student Success.

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Dr. Rob Dixon

Director of Marketing and Communications

Dr. Dixon oversees graduate and professional marketing and communications efforts. 

Erika BRigham

Executive Assistant

Erika Brigham supports the Associate Provost and Dean as well as the Ombuds Officer.

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Cory Raney

Executive Assistant

Cory Raney supports the leadership team. 

Academic and Career Success

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Dr. Linda Castillo

Ombuds Officer

Dr. Castillo serves as a neutral, independent, confidential resource for conflict resolution.

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Victor Gongora

Program Coordinator

Victor coordinates Grad School programs to enhance student success and career success.  

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Isah Veronica D. Juranek

Student Success Coordinator

Isah Juranek coordinates programs that help students succeed while in graduate programs at Texas A&M and create pipelines to careers.

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Dr. Morgan Schweller

Professional Development Coordinator

Dr. Schweller coordinates professional development opportunities, including Graduate Resources and Development for Aggies (GRAD Aggies) and is a key member of the CIRTL team.

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Records Processing

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Kim Widdison

Graduate Records Coordinator

Kim Widdison coordinates processing related to graduate students’ degree completion.

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Karen Seago

Graduate Records Specialist

Karen Seago facilitates document processing related to graduate students’ degree completion.

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Mark Gleason

Mark Gleason

Graduate Student Specialist

Mark Gleason specializes in working with Graduate Committee Faculty, the Graduate Council, and English Language Proficiency compliance.

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Raiden Sawyer

Graduate Student Specialist III

Raiden Sawyer facilitates document processing related to graduate students’ degree completion. 

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Layne Wells

Graduate Student Specialist III

Layne Wells facilitates document processing related to graduate students’ degree completion. 

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ALEXIA MEJIA

Graduate Student Specialist III

Alexia Mejia facilitates document processing related to graduate students’ degree completion. 

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Business Services

Dr. jessica CoNner

Fellowships Specialist

Dr. Conner is the point of contact for GREAT Program funding requests and reimbursements and CDEI funding questions and reporting requirements.

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Danielle pacheco

Business Coordinator

Danielle Pacheco handles non-resident tuition waiver requests, processing of student financial awards, and Grad School facilitated student travel needs.

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Thesis and Dissertation Services

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Dr. Jamie Saucier

Senior Graduate Student Specialist II

Dr. Saucier leads the grad school team that evaluates student theses, dissertations, and records of study for uniformity, consistency and adherence to university guidelines 

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Jane Brewer

Graduate Student Specialist 

Jane Brewer evaluates student theses, dissertations, and records of study for uniformity, consistency and adherence to university guidelines 

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Amy Motquin

Editorial Assistant

Amy Motquin reviews theses, dissertations, and records of study for adherence to university guidelines for formatting and quality.

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Julia Williams

Editorial Assistant

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Data Services

Dr. Yu-chen Yeh

Data Analyst

Dr. Yeh supports the collection and analysis of data related to graduate and professional education at Texas A&M. She creates data visualizations and prepares analyzed reports for internal and external audiences. 

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Support for Faculty, Staff and Operations

Melissa easley

Program Coordinator II

Melissa Easley manages the Slate database; a single, unified interface CRM system for outreach, communications, event management, student success and retention. 

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Cori eckert

Communications Specialist II

Cori Eckert supports graduate and professional communication efforts and maintains web and social media platforms. 

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Contact The Graduate And Professional School

Friendly staff are available to answer your questions about graduate and professional studies. Send us an email, give us a call or just come by our office.

Email: grad@tamu.edu

Phone: 979-845-3631

Fax: 979-862-1692

Office Hours

Monday – Friday

8AM – 12PM and 1PM – 5PM

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