Wight replaces Chapman as grad school dean

By Jeff Dixon, Asst. News Editor

Charles Wight, associate vice president for academic affairs and undergraduate studies, will replace David Chapman as the dean of the Graduate School, the U announced Wednesday.

In his administrative role, Wight has been responsible for assessment and oversight of a broad range of issues, including academic outreach, online courses, undergraduate course requirements, the Continuing Education Unit and the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence. He also played a key role in the U’s institutional partnerships with the Academy for Math, Engineering and Science, a public charter high school and Dixie State College.

“The new dean inherits an amazing staff that serves over 6,500 graduate students and 350 post doctoral scholars with efficiency, creativity, and unswerving professionalism,” Chapman said. “I wish (Wight) much success in one of the best academic leadership positions in the university.”

Wight earned his bachelor degree in chemistry at the University of Virginia, and his doctoral degree, also in chemistry, at the California Institute of Technology. He joined the U chemistry faculty in 1984.

Chapman will return to teaching and academic research after 16 years of service as the Graduate School’s dean.

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