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Graduate Studies administrator appointed to full-time position

David Ash was appointed to vice president for research and dean of Graduate Studies on Monday, Feb. 20.

Ash served in the position on an interim basis for the last year-and-a-half. He will begin his full-time position on March 1.

Vice provost for Academic Effectiveness Claudia Douglass led the search committee. Douglass stated in a University Communications press release that Ash showed "an effective approach to leadership” during his time as interim.

"(Ash) has a thoughtful approach to problem solving and is very highly regarded by his colleagues both on and off campus,” Douglass said in the release.

During his open forum in January, Ash said he wanted to grow the research department, boost enrollment and increase research by increasing the number of grant proposals.

"David Ash is a dedicated leader who has helped CMU to boldly advance its research-related endeavors as a professor and an administrator," said Provost Michael Gealt in the release. "He has a strong record for participating in the life and governance of the university, and this commitment will continue as he moves forward in these important roles."

In January, the 10-member search committee narrowed nine candidates to two finalists: Ash and Gregory Hand, special assistant to the vice president for Health Services at West Virginia University. Ash presented at an open forum on Jan. 9 in the Charles V. Park Library Auditorium, while Hand gave his presentation Jan. 18 in the same location.