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. 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.
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.
Chief of Staff
Provides leadership and direction on the daily operations for the Graduate and Professional School.
Trent Smith leads the team involved with Graduate Records Processing.
Jacqueline Perez leads teams involved with Business Services, Budget, HR and Administrative Oversight.
Dr. Shannon Walton
Dr. Walton leads teams involved with Recruiting, Professional Development and Student Success.
Dr. Rob Dixon
Director of Marketing and Communications
Dr. Dixon oversees graduate and professional marketing and communications efforts.
Erika Brigham supports the Associate Provost and Dean as well as the Ombuds Officer.
Corey Raney supports the leadership team.
Academic and Career Success
Dr. Linda Castillo
Dr. Castillo serves as a neutral, independent, confidential resource for conflict resolution.
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.
Student Equity Experiences Coordinator
Aimee Lay leads the Grad School’s efforts to advance, implement and execute measurable actions leading towards greater diversity, equity and inclusion in the graduate and professional community.
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 Coordinator
Kim Widdison coordinates processing related to graduate students’ degree completion.
Graduate Records Specialist
Karen Seago facilitates document processing related to graduate students’ degree completion.
Graduate Student Specialist
Mark Gleason specializes in working with Graduate Committee Faculty, the Graduate Council, and English Language Proficiency compliance.
Graduate Student Specialist III
Raiden Sawyer facilitates document processing related to graduate students’ degree completion.
Graduate Student Specialist III
Layne Wells facilitates document processing related to graduate students’ degree completion.
Funding and Employment
Fellowship and Scholarship Coordinator
Kourtney Hennigan oversees Fellowships, Financial Questions, and Grant & Insurance Reimbursements.
Thesis and Dissertation Services
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
Amy Motquin reviews theses, dissertations, and records of study for adherence to university guidelines for formatting and quality.
Dr. Stephen Caster
IT BUSINESS ANALYST
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
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.
Graduate Student Specialist
Savanah serves in a primary customer service role for all graduate students, faculty, and other campus visitors to the Graduate and Professional School.
Technology Professional II
Miriah Smith provides support and advanced troubleshooting in website maintenance, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system (Slate), and manages special projects for the Graduate and Professional School.
Program Coordinator II
Melissa Easley manages the Slate database; a single, unified interface CRM system for outreach, communications, event management, student success and retention.
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