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UT Names Dean of Graduate Studies

Published: February 15, 2006

Longtime UT faculty member Dr. William L. Rhey has been named dean of UT's rapidly growing School of Graduate Studies, University President Ron Vaughn announced today.


"As our graduate programs have expanded, it has become necessary to add a dean-level position to manage them," said Vaughn, adding that the new position is part of an overall academic reorganization now underway at the 75-year-old University.


In the last 12 months, the University has authorized five new graduate programs. They include a Master of Arts in Teaching (announced last week), a Saturday MBA, and master’s programs in accounting, finance and marketing.  A technology and innovation management degree was added within the last two years.


"Advanced education enhances the quality of life in a metropolitan area like ours," said Rhey. "We will continue to serve the Tampa Bay region with advancements in quality graduate education."


He said that additional research will be conducted with Bay Area community members to see what other disciplines should be considered by UT for master’s programs.


Rhey's appointment follows a national search, concluded in February. He has been a member of the UT faculty since 1987, except for a stint as dean of the Davis College of Business at Jacksonville University (2002-04) and a two-year leave of absence to serve as director of cross-cultural research for the Masland Trust (1995-97).  He created UT's Center for Ethics in 1989, served as associate dean of the John H. Sykes College of Business, and most recently was associate dean and director of graduate programs.


Rhey received a BS degree from Bucknell University in 1972, an MBA from Baylor University in 1973, and a Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi in 1986.


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