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.
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.
Associate Provost and Dean and Leadership Team
Dr. Karen Butler-Purry
Associate Provost and Dean
Dr. Butler-Purry oversees all aspects of the Graduate and Professional School and advocates for graduate and professional students and continual improvement in graduate education.
Dr. Julie Harlin
Dr. Harlin provides administrative oversight for several graduate strategic initiatives such as TATEP, Graduate Research Mentoring, graduate RCR training, and university collaborations.
Trent Smith leads the team involved with Graduate Records Processing.
Rachel Krolczyk leads the team involved with Data Services.
Jacqueline Perez leads teams involved with Business Services, Budget, HR and Administrative Oversight.
Dr. Adam Seipp
Dr. Seipp provides administrative oversight for several graduate strategic initiatives such as the Graduate feedback and profile system, English Language Proficiency compliance, Graduate Directors development, and liaison with IDP chairs.
Dr. Shannon Walton
Dr. Walton leads teams involved with Recruiting, Professional Development and Student Success.
Erika Brigham supports the administrative needs of the Graduate and Professional School staff.
Administrative Assistant to the Associate Provost and Dean
Laura Rueda supports the Associate Provost and Dean as well as Ombuds Services.
Academic and Career Success
Dr. Linda Castillo
Dr. Castillo serves as a neutral, independent, confidential resource for conflict resolution.
Graduate Student Specialist
Mark Gleason specializes in working with Graduate Committee Faculty, the Graduate Council, and English Language Proficiency compliance.
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.
Graduate Records Specialist
Savanah Sanchez facilitates document processing related to graduate students’ degree completion.
Dr. Morgan Schweller
Professional Development Coordinator
Dr. Schweller coordinates professional development opportunities, including G.R.A.D. Aggies and is a key member of the CIRTL team.
Graduate Records Specialist
Karen Seago facilitates document processing related to graduate students’ degree completion.
Graduate Records Coordinator
Kim Widdison coordinates processing related to graduate students’ degree completion.
Funding and Employment
Fellowship and Scholarship Coordinator
Kourtney Hennigan oversees Fellowships, Financial Questions, and Grant & Insurance Reimbursements.
Business Coordinator II
Theresa is responsible for reconciling office budgets and accounts, processing Non-Resident Tuition Waivers, and travel expense disbursements.
Thesis and Dissertation Services
Graduate Student Specialist III
Liz Ramirez reviews theses, dissertations, and records of study for adherence to university guidelines for formatting and quality and coordinates programming to aid students in the preparation of documents.
Amy Motquin reviews theses, dissertations, and records of study for adherence to university guidelines for formatting and quality.
Dr. Stephen Caster
Dr. Caster works in conjunction with Enterprise Information Systems in developing the Academic Requirements Completion System. He is also involved in analysis of data related to graduate and professional education at Texas A&M.
Dr. Yu-chen Yeh
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.
Support for Faculty, Staff and Operations
JaeCee Crawford manages technology for the Grad School, including our website, implements and maintains Grad School processes, and supports document and media production for staff.
Dr. Rob Dixon
Dr. Dixon creates, coordinates and develops comprehensive communications efforts to celebrate and promote graduate and professional education at Texas A&M.
Program Coordinator for Special Projects
Cassidy Hale manages projects that include the Doctoral Profile and Feedback System, the Academic Requirements Completion System (ARCS), and the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. She is also the building proctor for Nagle Hall.
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.
Monday – Friday
8AM – 12PM and 1PM – 5PM