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April 15, 2010 Volume 31, No. 27

George Justice will drop ‘interim’ from Grad School job title

Best scholarship

‘Graduate education is central to MU’s missions’

Provost Brian Foster announced last week that George Justice has been appointed as the dean of the MU Graduate School and vice provost for advanced studies. Justice had been serving as interim dean graduate school dean since July 1, following the resignation of Pam Benoit.

“I have appreciated Dr. Justice’s leadership as interim dean here at MU for the past year as well as his leadership nationally — especially with the Council of Graduate Schools,” Foster said. “I’ve been impressed by his accomplishments and positive vision for the Graduate School, and his interest in facilitating a campuswide discussion on the national issues in graduate education. I’m looking forward to having George as a permanent part of our team.”

Before joining the Mizzou faculty in 2002, Justice was a faculty member at Marquette University in Milwaukee and Louisiana State University. Here at MU, he has been director of graduate studies for the Department of English, and assistant and associate dean of the Graduate School.

Justice is the author or editor of numerous essays and books in the fields of 18th century literature and the history of the book. He serves on the membership committee of the Council of Graduate Schools, and has been an editorial consultant for several publishers.

“I am honored to be able to continue leading the Graduate School at MU as dean and vice provost for advanced studies,” Justice says. “Graduate education is not only central to the university’s missions in research, education, service and economic development, but it will increase in importance to the lives of the students we attract here for their advanced studies — Missourians, other Americans and the many international students who are drawn to campus for our outstanding faculty and facilities. I look forward to working with the deans and faculty across the university to sustain and build graduate programs responsive to the best of scholarship in our disciplines and attuned to opportunities for our graduates once they leave MU.”