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Graduate Council

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The Graduate School provides a framework for supporting excellence in graduate research, scholarship, teaching, and mentorship in accordance with Columbus State University's mission and consistent with the mission of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

The Graduate School is led by the Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, who is assisted by a representative body, the Graduate Council. Among its responsibilities, the Graduate Council approves new and revised graduate programs and certificates, develops policies and processes related to graduate studies, approves graduate admission requirements, and reviews and approves faculty for teaching at the graduate level.

The Graduate Council meetings are usually held on the 2nd Friday of each month at 12:00pm in the Graduate School, Tucker Hall 104.

Graduate Council Membership 2022–2023

Year 3

  • Aimee Vael, Chair, COEHP
  • Toni Franklin, Chair-Elect, COEHP
  • Saoussan Maarouf, Past Chair, COEHP

Year 2

  • Kevin Burgess, COLS
  • Lisa Oberlander, COA
  • Mahmut Reyhanoglu, COLS
  • Neal Thomson, TCOB

Year 1

  • Kimberly Gill, COLS
  • Yesem Peker, TCOB
  • Patricia Anafi, COEHP


  • Dr. Tim Howard, SACSCOS Liaison
  • Troy Keller, Executive Officer of the Faculty Senate
  • Ms. Kristin Williams, Graduate Admission Liaison
  • Dr. Margie Yates, Dean of Research and Graduate Studies / Interim Dean COEHP

Meeting Dates and Minutes


Graduate Council Bylaws (Revised September 2020) (PDF)

Graduate Council Archives

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