Dean Kate Korgan Named President of the Western Association of Graduate Schools

Dean Kate Korgan
Mar. 24, 2017

Dr. Kate Hausbeck Korgan, dean of the Graduate College, was recently named president of the Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS). Her position became effective during the 2017 WAGS annual conference, held March 19-22 in Seattle.

WAGS – comprised of more than 90 institutions in the western United States, Canada and Mexico – links member institutions to address and collaborate on graduate education issues; provide a collective voice on international issues related to higher education; and cultivate support for graduate faculty and student research, scholarship, and creative activity.

Dean Korgan is a tenured faculty member in the Department of Sociology. She is a social theorist with diverse methodological skills and expertise in gender, sexuality, culture and identity. During her tenure in the Graduate College, Dr. Korgan has lead the development and implementation of new online systems for graduate students, faculty and staff to improve efficiency, track key metrics, and report graduate data; instituted best practice models to improve GEM (graduate enrollment management); built a strong team dedicated to excellence and outstanding customer service; expanded campus-wide resources for improved graduate recruitment efforts; encouraged strategic planning and data-driven decision-making; instituted new events and traditions to build a thriving community of graduate scholars; established the Grad Rebel Success Center, which is now known as the Career & Professional Development Institute; significantly increased financial support for graduate assistants; and expanded the roles of the Graduate & Professional Student Association, the Graduate Council, and graduate faculty in GC leadership and decision-making. Dr. Korgan has chaired and served on dozens of major campus committees as an advocate for advancing Top Tier goals, improving the quality of graduate education, and supporting the evolving needs of the graduate community.