Suzanne T. Ortega, President, Council of Graduate Schools

Suzanne T. Ortega, President, Council of Graduate Schools

Suzanne Ortega became the sixth President of the Council of Graduate Schools on July 1, 2014. Prior to assuming her current position, she served as the University of North Carolina Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (2011-14). Previous appointments included the Executive Vice President and Provost at the University of New Mexico, Vice Provost and Graduate Dean at the University of Washington, and the University of Missouri. Dr. Ortega's masters and doctoral degrees in sociology were completed at Vanderbilt University. 

Alberto Acereda, Executive Director of Global Higher Education, Educational Testing Service

Alberto Acereda, Executive Director of Global Higher Education, Educational Testing Service

Alberto Acereda, Ph.D., leads the strategic evolution of ETS’s product and service offerings to meet the needs of higher and graduate education communities. In his role, he is responsible for the success of ETS’s higher education offerings, including the GRE® General Test, GRE® Subject Tests, Major Field Tests, and the HEIghten® Outcomes Assessment Suite. Previously, he served as senior director of business development and strategic advisor in the company’s Global Education and Workforce division. Before joining ETS, he served as department chair and director of graduate studies at Arizona State University’s School of International Letters and Cultures. He was also a member of the Provost’s Executive Committee and President of the Academic Senate in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, where he was named Dean’s Fellow. He continues to serve as a research faculty affiliate at ASU’s Hispanic Research Center. Dr. Acereda is a member of the editorial board of several scholarly journals and is the editor of the Journal of Hispanic Modernism. He is the author of several key scholarly books and studies on Latin American and Spanish poetry and has been recognized as a world-class scholar on the renowned Nicaraguan poet Rubén Darío (1867-1916), whose works Dr. Acereda has translated into English and published at Duke University Press and Bucknell University Press. He is a member of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language and a founding member of RIUSS. He earned a B.A. in Hispanic Philology from the University of Barcelona and a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of Georgia.

Sue Berners-Price, Dean, Griffith Graduate School, Griffith University

Sue Berners-Price, Dean, Griffith Graduate School, Griffith University

Professor Sue Berners-Price is the convenor of the Australian Council of Graduate Research (2018–2019). She is the Dean of the Griffith University Graduate Research School (Brisbane, Australia) and a Principal Research Leader in Griffith’s Institute for Glycomics. She obtained her PhD in Chemistry from Birkbeck College, University of London and has held academic and senior administrative positions at both Griffith University and the University of Western Australia. Her research is in the field of medicinal inorganic chemistry. She is the author of more than 125 peer-reviewed original research articles and is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. She is the current President of the Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry and the recipient of the 2018 Asian Biological Inorganic Chemistry (AsBIC) Outstanding Achievement Award.

Hans-Joachim Bungartz, Dean of Informations, Graduate Dean, Technical University of Munich

Hans-Joachim Bungartz, Dean of Informations, Graduate Dean, Technical University of Munich

Hans-Joachim Bungartz is a full professor of informatics and mathematics at TUM and holds the Scientific Computing chair in the Informatics Department. Bungartz earned degrees in mathematics and informatics and a PhD as well as his habilitation in informatics, all from TUM. He became associate professor of mathematics at University of Augsburg, full professor of informatics at University of Stuttgart, and returned to TUM in 2005. Since 2008, he has been affiliated with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of Belgrade, Serbia. Since 2013, Dr. Bungartz has served as both Dean of Informatics and TUM Graduate Dean, heading TUM Graduate School with responsibility of doctoral education TUM-wide. He is a member of TUM’s Extended Board of Management. Dr. Bungartz has served or serves on several editorial boards, and he was a member of the scientific directorate of Leibniz Institute for Informatics Schloss Dagstuhl. He is involved in various national and international review and advisory board activities. In 2011, he was elected chairman of the German National Research and Educational Network (DFN). Furthermore, Dr. Bungartz is a board member of Leibniz Supercomputing Center. In 2016, Dr. Bungartz has been appointed a steering committee member of the Council for Doctoral Education of the European University Association.

Karen Butler-Purry, Associate Provost, Graduate and Professional Studies, Texas A&M University

Karen Butler-Purry, Associate Provost, Graduate and Professional Studies, Texas A&M University

Dr. Karen Butler-Purry is the Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies (APGPS) at Texas A&M University, a position she has held since 2010. In addition, Butler-Purry is a professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering, having served at all faculty levels beginning with an initial appointment as visiting assistant professor of electrical engineering in 1994. Dr. Butler-Purry has vast experiences in graduate education as a faculty member, administrator, researcher and program leader. From 2001-2004, she served as Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs in the College of Engineering, and served as Associate Department Head in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department from 2008-2010. Further, Dr. Butler-Purry has directed several fellowship and education projects promoting recruitment, retention and advancement of graduate students in STEM fields. Additionally she has served in many capacities on committees for the college, university, and professional societies. Dr. Butler-Purry developed a successful research program with funding from federal agencies such as NSF and ONR, and industry funding from electric utility companies. She has supervised and funded over 40 graduate and 65 undergraduate research students.

Carlos Gilberto Carlotti, Jr., Provost, Graduate Studies, University of São Paulo

Carlos Gilberto Carlotti, Jr., Provost, Graduate Studies, University of São Paulo

Prof. Carlos Gilberto Carlotti Jr is MD and PhD graduated at Ribeirao Preto Medical School of University of São Paulo, Brazil, his specialty is neurosurgery and the main research interest areas are brain tumor molecular features and epilepsy surgery. He made a post-doctorate at the Brain Tumour Research Centre, University of Toronto, Canada. He is currently Full Professor at the Ribeirao Preto Medical School of University of São Paulo and he served as Dean and Director of the University Hospital. Since 2016 Prof. Carlotti is the Provost of Graduate Studies of University of São Paulo, that award 3.000 PhD/year, and worked to enhance the quality of graduate programs, using internationalization as the main tool.

Alexander Hasgall, Head, Council for Doctoral Education, European University Association

Alexander Hasgall, Head, Council for Doctoral Education, European University Association

Alexander Hasgall (Dr. phil.), is Head of the EUA Council for Doctoral Education. Before assuming this position, he coordinated the “Performances de la recherche en sciences humaines et sociales” (CUS-P3) programme of the Swiss University Rectors conference and was based in the University of Geneva. In this role, he was responsible for a collaborative program of all Swiss Universities which explored how the both the quality and the impact of research in the humanities and social sciences can be made visible and how to find new ways of evaluating the SSH. Alexander studied philosophy and history at the University of Zurich and the Free University of Berlin. He received his Doctorate in History at the University of Zurich on the history and discourse of transitional justice in Argentina. For this, he spent several month as a visiting scholar at the Universidad Nacional del General Sarmiento in Los Polvorines, Province of Buenos Aires. Outside of the higher education sector, Alexander acquired different experiences in the NGO-Sector, where he coordinated in Berlin a European network that focused on studying anti-Semitism and other forms of intolerance in Europe and developing strategies for combating it.

Nelson Ijumba, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs & Research, University of Rwanda

Nelson Ijumba, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs & Research, University of Rwanda

Professor Nelson Ijumba is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Research at the University of Rwanda, responsible for institutional strategic development in research and innovation. He is also an Honorary Professor of Electrical Engineering, at the University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa and a serving member of the Board of the East African Science and Technology Commission (EASTECO) . He graduated from the University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), and obtained his Masters and Doctoral degrees from the Universities of Salford and Strathclyde (United Kingdom), respectively. He is a Senior Member of the Southern African Institution of Electrical Engineers, a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Professor Ijumba is a Member of the Academy of Sciences of South Africa and a Fellow of the South African Academy of Engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa, Engineers Registration Board of Tanzania, and a Chartered Engineer of the United Kingdom Engineering Council. He has over 40 years of experience in teaching, research, consulting and academic leadership. His research interests are in the areas of high voltage and power systems, impact of technologies on sustainable development and translation of research outputs into socially relevant innovative products. He has published widely and made presentations at international and local conferences.

Shireen Motala, Senior Director, Postgraduate School, University of Johannesburg

Shireen Motala, Senior Director, Postgraduate School, University of Johannesburg

Professor Shireen Motala is the Senior Director of the Postgraduate School within the Research and Innovation Division, University of Johannesburg. She is part of the Executive Leadership Group at the UJ. Prior to joining UJ in 2010, Professor Shireen Motala, was the Director of the Education Policy Unit at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her academic qualifications include: a BA (University of Durban-Westville), a B Social Science Honours (University of Cape Town), an MA (University of Warwick), a PGCE (University of London) and a PhD (University of the Witwatersrand) She is currently UJ’s representative on the international body, the Council Graduate Schools and participates in the Universitas 21 activities. She has held numerous leadership roles related to Higher Education including: Chairperson of the Education Policy Consortium (2006-2010), Chairperson of the UNESCO South African Commission (2001-2006), and first inaugural president of the South African Research Association (SAERA) (2013-2014). She continues to be an executive member of SAERA. In 2010, she was appointed by the Minster of Higher Education and Training to serve on the Council of Higher Education (CHE) and re-appointed in 2015 to the Council and to the Executive Committee of the CHE. In 2013, she served on the Ministerial Committee to review the national Senior Certificate examination, focussing specifically on promotion requirements. She is currently a trustee on the Boards of the Centre for Education Development, and the South African Institute for Distance Education. An NRF (National Research Foundation) rated researcher, she has initiated collaborations between universities across Africa and with Asia and Europe, and this has led to the formation of long-term regional and international partnerships. Her research record is substantial and includes publications in journals and books and editorship of local and international journals. Her research interests and expertise have been in the areas of education financing and school reform, access and equity, education quality and the internationalisation of higher education.

Susan Porter, Dean and Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, University of British Columbia

Susan Porter, Dean and Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, University of British Columbia

Dr. Porter is a molecular biologist by trade. Originally from Montreal, she came to UBC in 1980 to complete her PhD and was appointed as Assistant Professor in 1991. She left basic research six years later to lead the molecular diagnostic work for the microbiology laboratory at Vancouver General Hospital. With an interest in graduate education, she became increasingly involved in administration, culminating in her appointment in 2011 as interim Dean of Graduate Studies, and as Dean and Vice-Provost in 2013. In her role, she leads the charge in championing graduate education and postdoctoral studies at UBC, and helping to ensure they are the best they can be.

Adham Ramadan, Dean, Graduate Studies, American University in Cairo

Adham Ramadan, Dean, Graduate Studies, American University in Cairo

Adham Ramadan is a Professor of Chemistry, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Member of the American Chemical Society. He was appointed Dean of Graduate Studies at The American University in Cairo (AUC) in January 2014. He served as Chair of the Department of Chemistry, AUC, from 2010 to 2013. As Dean of Graduate Studies, he initiated a university-wide review of the graduate admissions system and the graduate fellowship award system, as well as worked on the enhancement of university-wide metrics for assessing the performance of graduate programs. He updated university-level coordination of graduate programs, leading to the development of a Graduate Studies Manual. He has recently been involved in the strategic development and implementation of blended and online learning for graduate programs, Strategic Enrollment Management for Graduate Studies, as well as Graduate Studies opportunities for refugees.