CU Boulder names new Graduate School Dean

E. Scott Adler, who has been with university since 1996, will take role

Scott Adler, a finalist for Dean of the Graduate School.(Photo by Patrick Campbell/University of Colorado)
Scott Adler, a finalist for Dean of the Graduate School.(Photo by Patrick Campbell/University of Colorado)

The University of Colorado Boulder has named a new Graduate School dean.

E. Scott Adler, a professor and chair of the political science department, will begin his tenure June 17. He will also serve as vice provost for graduate affairs.

E. Scott Adler has been named the new Graduate School dean at the University of Colorado Boulder.

“I intend to work closely with the United Government of Graduate Students, the provost’s office and other academic leaders on campus to continue to enhance the experience of graduate students and the quality of graduate education at CU Boulder,” Adler said in a news release. “One of my first orders of business will be working with the graduate task force to complete its final report this summer.”

Adler will replace interim Dean Leslie Reynolds, who will work with him until she returns to her position as senior associate dean of University Libraries on July 1.

Ann Schmiesing, the previous dean who is now senior vice provost for academic resource management, chose Adler out of two recommendations from a committee.

“Scott’s vision for the Graduate School and knowledge of graduate education will be instrumental to his role as dean and as a member of the provost’s leadership team,” she said in a news release.

Adler and Bud Coleman, professor and inaugural Roe Green Endowed chair of theatre, were the two finalists for the position. Both gave presentations and answered questions for the university community earlier this spring.

Adler joined CU Boulder in 1996 as an assistant professor and has since gone on to direct several departments. He said he applied for the position because it would allow him to “meld that passion for graduate education” with administrative work toward the future of the school.

His proposed ideas included expanding the pipeline of students who enter the Graduate School, shifting to more interdisciplinary education and addressing current concerns. Adler also said he wants to increase diversity across the graduate programs.

“This is really an honor to be able to serve CU in this way after being here for so long,” Adler said in a phone interview. “(…) First and foremost, I’m a big believer in public education and have loved the mission that a public research and teaching university has.”

Adler said the new position will let him be involved in the “transformative moment” that CU Boulder is undergoing.

In his first few months, he plans to get to know staff and aspects of the job, as well as to start a strategic plan and to address a taskforce’s report on graduate students.

Adler said he wants to continue progress that the school has made, including trying to make some things more affordable for students.

“I want to be talking with (graduate students), talking with UGGS, and making sure that we are thinking about the well-being of the graduate students and getting them onto their degrees,” he said.