James Wimbush of Indiana University to Serve as Chair of CGS Board
    December 16, 2013

    Washington, DC – The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) Board of Directors has announced its officers for the 2014 term.


    Dr. James Wimbush, Dean of The University Graduate School, Indiana University, became the 2014 CGS Board Chair at the conclusion of the annual meeting. Dr. Wimbush has served as the graduate dean at IU since 2006 and earlier this year was also named Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs. He has been a professor of business administration at IU since 1991. Nationally, Dr. Wimbush has worked to advance graduate education by serving in a variety of leadership positions, including an appointment on the joint Commission on Pathways through Graduate School and Into Careers, appointed by CGS and the Educational Testing Service. As an acknowledged national authority on human resources management, Wimbush has published numerous articles and book chapters related to ethics in employment settings. Dr. Wimbush earned his PhD in management and a master’s degree in human resources management and industrial and labor relations from Virginia Tech.   


    “CGS is excited and honored to have Dean Wimbush’s expertise at this critical point in the development of graduate education,” said CGS President Debra W. Stewart. “His distinguished leadership in a range of areas essential to CGS’s mission—from enhancing U.S. competitiveness through graduate education and research, to promoting diversity in graduate programs—will serve CGS well in 2014.”


    The new Chair-elect is Barbara Knuth, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School at Cornell University. She will serve in this role in 2014 and will become the board chair at the conclusion of the 2014 Annual Meeting. In her role at Cornell since 2010, Knuth has enhanced the Graduate School’s professional development program to focus on supporting students to work effectively with their graduate committees and to foster transferable skills relevant to academic and non-academic career paths. Since she became dean, all graduate degree programs have articulated specific learning outcomes and have implemented assessment plans focused on program improvement. Knuth joined the Cornell faculty in 1986 as an assistant professor of natural resource policy. She holds a bachelor of philosophy degree in interdisciplinary studies, a bachelor’s in zoology, and a master’s in environmental science from Miami University, and a PhD in fisheries and wildlife sciences from Virginia Tech.


    Beginning three-year terms on the board on January 1 are Karen Butler-Purry, Associate Provost for Graduate Studies at Texas A&M, John (Jay) Doering, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Manitoba, and Christine Ortiz, Dean for Graduate Education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


    CGS is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors drawn from member institutions. Board members serve for set terms. Robert Augustine, Dean of the Graduate School at Eastern Illinois University, will remain on CGS’s Executive Committee for one year as immediate past chair.

    The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) is an organization of over 500 institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada engaged in graduate education, research, and the preparation of candidates for advanced degrees. Among U.S. institutions, CGS members award 92% of the doctoral degrees and 78% of the master’s degrees.* The organization’s mission is to improve and advance graduate education, which it accomplishes through advocacy in the federal policy arena, research, and the development and dissemination of best practices.


    * Based on data from the 2012 CGS/GRE Survey of Graduate Enrollment and Degrees


    CGS is the leading source of information, data analysis, and trends in graduate education. Our benchmarking data help member institutions to assess performance in key areas, make informed decisions, and develop plans that are suited to their goals.
    CGS Best Practice initiatives address common challenges in graduate education by supporting institutional innovations and sharing effective practices with the graduate community. Our programs have provided millions of dollars of support for improvement and innovation projects at member institutions.
    As the national advocate for graduate education, CGS serves as a resource for policymakers and others on issues concerning graduate education, research, and scholarship. CGS members receive regular updates of legislative and regulatory proposals impacting graduate education and are provided resources to use in advocacy efforts on their campuses and with policymakers and other constituents. 
    CGS is an authority on global trends in graduate education and a leader in the international graduate community. Our resources and meetings on global issues help members internationalize their campuses, develop sustainable collaborations, and prepare their students for a global future.