I am pleased to announce that Lisa Armistead, associate provost for graduate programs, has accepted an appointment as the inaugural dean of Georgia State’s Graduate School, effective Sept. 1.
This academic year, the Office of Graduate Programs will transition into the Graduate School, building upon programs in admissions, marketing and professional development activities for the university’s graduate students. The school also will coordinate university-level policies for graduate students and collaborate with the university’s colleges and schools to strengthen interdisciplinary academic programs.
Dr. Armistead was appointed the university’s first associate provost for graduate programs in 2014. She implemented a consolidated approach to graduate enrollment and developed policies and procedures to enhance graduate degree completion and student life. Her office has been involved with the creation of the Center for the Advancement of Students and Alumni, which encourages and supports students from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue graduate and professional degree programs.
Dr. Armistead holds an appointment as a professor in the Department of Psychology and previously was the department’s chair. She has mentored and supervised the dissertations of numerous Ph.D. students in psychology. Her research interests include the impact of family stressors on child and adolescent functioning, as well as the intersection of HIV and families.
The work by Dr. Armistead and her team is essential to Georgia State’s strategic goal of significantly strengthening and growing the base of distinctive graduate and professional programs that assure development of the next generation of researchers and societal leaders.
President Becker and I are excited to have Dr. Armistead serve in this role, and I know she will provide outstanding leadership in her new position.