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Can Saygin named Interim Vice Provost and Dean of the UTSA Graduate School

Can Saygin named Interim Vice Provost and Dean of the UTSA Graduate School

Saygin will serve as Interim Vice Provost and Dean of the UTSA Graduate School while the university conducts a national search.

(June 7, 2018) – UTSA Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Kimberly Andrews Espy announced today the appointment of Can Saygin as Interim Vice Provost and Dean of the UTSA Graduate School. He replaces DeBrenna LaFa Agbényiga, who recently was selected to serve as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bowie State University.

A professor of mechanical engineering, Saygin currently serves as Interim Senior Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Initiatives, overseeing the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and the strategic initiatives team within the Office of the President.

“I am grateful to Can for taking on this role so that the Graduate School can maintain momentum while we initiate a national search,” said Espy. “Continued growth in graduate enrollment is a key element in advancing our goals as an urban serving, multicultural discovery enterprise. Under his leadership, the Graduate School will examine and refine its processes for supporting our academic departments and colleges to further improve graduate student enrollment, retention and degree completion.”

With the upcoming adoption of a new budget model at UTSA, an external review of the Graduate School also will be conducted by the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs during the interim period. Dr. Saygin will facilitate the review process to prepare UTSA graduate studies for continued success in this new operating environment.

The UTSA Graduate School offers more than 120 doctoral and master’s degree programs and certificates. More than 4,200 graduate students are enrolled across seven colleges and the Graduate School.

- Rebecca Luther


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