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The City University of New York has selected Dr. Robin Garrell to serve as the next President of The Graduate Center effective August 1, 2020.

Dr. Garrell, whose academic background is in biochemistry and engineering, will lead The Graduate Center after nine years as vice provost for graduate education and dean of the graduate division of UCLA, where she has had campus-wide responsibility for nearly 12,000 academic and professional graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. In addition to her distinguished leadership at the graduate level at UCLA, Garrell has been a professor of chemistry since 2003 and a professor of bioengineering since 2013. She previously taught at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Garrell has been noted throughout her career for advancing diversity, and since her appointment as vice provost and dean, enrollment in UCLA’s graduate and professional degree programs by members of historically underrepresented groups has increased by 40 percent. This year, 26 percent of new UCLA graduate students are first in their families to attend graduate school. At UCLA, Garrell serves as the principal investigator for both the NSF Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate projects and a series of grants from the Andrew G. Mellon Foundation to implement holistic graduate admissions practices.

Dr. Garrell earned her B.S. in Biochemistry from Cornell University, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Macromolecular Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan.  

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