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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Durham to lead Graduate Studies as interim director

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Dr. Wesley T. Durham
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Dr. Ronald S. Rochon, provost, announced the appointment of Dr. Wesley T. Durham as interim director of the Office of Graduate Studies. The appointment will be effective January 1, 2012.

Dr. Durham, who joined USI in 2004, is currently associate professor of Communication Studies and director of the Master of Arts in Communication program. He has served as the director of the master's degree program since its inception in 2010.

Dr. Rochon said, "Dr. Durham's leadership in the communication graduate program offers a strong foundation for leading our central graduate office as USI prepares to conduct a national search for a new director. Dr. Durham is well respected across campus and I look forward to working with him as we continue to build upon the great success of Dr. Peggy Harrel."

Dr. Durham received an undergraduate degree and master's degree at Western Kentucky and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Dr. Durham said, "I am very appreciative and excited to serve the University of Southern Indiana as interim director of the Office of Graduate Studies. I am honored to take over for Dr. Peggy Harrell who served as a trusted advisor to me and to the Department of Communications as we moved the MA-C program from theory to reality. I look forward to taking on this role at a time when USI is continuing to develop and expand its programmatic offerings in graduate education to better serve the needs of the region and the state."

Dr. Durham will replace Dr. Peggy Harrell who is retiring.

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