Assistant to the Associate VP for Research and Graduate Studies Hired

By Melissa Maki
dave wolcott

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Graduate Studies in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies (VPRGS) at the University of Virginia is pleased to announce the hiring of David Wolcott as the new Assistant to the Associate VP for Research and Graduate Studies.  This position is responsible for a wide variety of tasks including collecting and analyzing data about the graduate student population, administration of special fellowship programs and serving as the primary point of contact for this office on graduate student matters.

Wolcott has worked in various departments at U.Va. since 2001, including the Curry School of Education, the Office of the Dean of Students and University Relations.  He has experience in student programming, development and public relations.  Wolcott received his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from U.Va. in 2005.  He also holds a M.A. in International Commerce & Policy from George Mason University and a B.A. in International Affairs from James Madison University.  Prior to coming to U.Va., Wolcott served as a public policy advocate in Washington for the international and domestic telecommunications industries.  Wolcott’s research interests include the moral and ethical development of undergraduate and graduate student leaders and higher education policy at the state and federal levels.

Graduate Studies within the Office of the VPRGS was established in 2004 and provides centralized support and enhancement to U.Va.’s graduate programs.  The office’s current projects include: increasing the diversity of our graduate student population, identifying and promoting opportunities for interdisciplinary study, helping schools and departments in their recruitment efforts, enhancing opportunities for job placement and career development and creating and maintaining a database of information on graduate students and programs.

Roseanne Ford, Associate VP for the Office of the VPRGS commented on the new hire, “It’s great to have Dave on board with us.  He’s bright, articulate and energetic.  His experience and organizational skills will be a great asset to our office.”