Adrian College Appoints First Dean of Graduate Studies

Plans to further expand graduate education based on recent successes.

Adrian, Mich. –  In the interest of expanding its master’s degree programs, Adrian College has named Dr. Paul Rupert its first Dean of Graduate Studies. The College currently offers four 4+1 graduate programs, with another pending approval of the Higher Learning Commission, the College’s accrediting body.  


“I am extremely excited to have this opportunity to contribute to Adrian College’s commitment to academic excellence,” Rupert said.  “The four master’s degree programs currently in place—criminal justice, athletic training, accountancy and industrial chemistry—will provide a foundation for continued growth of our academic degree offerings.”


Adrian College reintroduced graduate education in 2011, and graduated its first cohort this month.  The College last offered graduate degrees in education in 1984.  Plans to include continual professional development courses and possible certificate offerings are also being explored. 


“The appointment and promotion of Dr. Rupert will continue to move Adrian College’s strategic plan forward by supporting our development of these key programs,” Dr. Agnes Caldwell, vice president and dean for academic affairs, said. “To have someone of his experience leading our programs will help ensure our success.”


Dr. Rupert holds both a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from the University of Virginia. He joined Adrian College’s Department of Chemistry in 2007 after a long career in the chemical industry. Most recently, he worked for Anderson Development Company and previously spent many years in Houston, Texas working for NL Industries, Inc. 


As Dean of Graduate Studies, Rupert will oversee the promotion and growth of the College’s master’s degree programs.  His first steps will include the creation of an advisory council and graduate school orientation program, as well as seeking funding for graduate school research.    

 “My priority will be outreach, to ensure that potential candidates are aware of our programs and their value.  We are committed to helping our graduate students reach their academic and professional goals” Rupert said.