Memo Banner "Message from Provost Storrs"

October 12, 2021


TO: UNCG Faculty & Staff

From:  Debbie Storrs, Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor

RE: Updates on UNCG Organization and Leadership

I wanted to share news about recent changes at UNCG. The first is an integration of the Institutional Research Office and the Information Technology Services (ITS) Data Strategy, Reporting, and Visualization group to create a single unified team of data professionals who will provide a coordinated approach to institutional data management, availability and usage. This joint team will report to ITS effective immediately. Requests for data support, including those previously forwarded to Institutional Research, should be directed to Lee Norris, Associate Vice Chancellor for Administrative Systems, at

The second is a change in leadership in The Graduate School. Dr. Kelly Burke has decided to step down as Dean of The Graduate School and Vice Provost effective immediately in an interest to return to her faculty role and to fully re-engage in her creative activities. I appreciate Dr. Burke’s leadership and support of graduate education.  Dr. Greg Bell, who has served as Associate Dean of the Graduate School, has been appointed as Interim Dean of The Graduate School effective today. The Dean position, which was 50% of the Dean of The Graduate School and Vice Provost position, will be advanced to a full-time position to ensure we continue to support graduate students and programs. However, as part of my budget reduction, the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies position will not be filled at this time. In addition, as part of my budget reduction, the other 50% of the position, Vice Provost, will not be filled.

Graduate education is important to UNCG, and I’m pleased that Interim Dean Bell will bring experience and leadership to further enhance graduate student success and enrollment efforts.