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The Graduate College deans oversee all graduate college staff and activities and answer questions pertaining to Graduate Council and graduate faculty. 


Sheryl Tucker

Sheryl Tucker, PhD

Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate College


Dr. Tucker joined the Graduate College and Oklahoma State University in fall 2011. In her roles, she has direct responsibility and oversight for over 5,000 graduate students in 100 graduate programs across the three Oklahoma State University campuses in Stillwater and Tulsa. Dr. Tucker is also a professor in the Department of Chemistry. She has been nationally recognized for her scholarly endeavors focusing on access and opportunity for underrepresented groups in STEM and spectroscopic investigations of macro and supramolecular media. 


Jean Van Delinder

Jean Van Delinder, PhD

Senior Associate Dean


Dr. Van Delinder joined the Graduate College in summer 2010. Her responsibilities include matriculation through graduation oversight; disciplinary and interdisciplinary degree program development and monitoring; and student issues and concerns. Dr. Van Delinder is also a professor in the Department of Sociology. Her research develops systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women and minorities in STEM. She is also recognized for her work on gender and social justice.


Matt Lovern

Matt Lovern, PhD

Associate Dean


Dr. Lovern joined the Graduate College on an interim basis in Fall 2021 and full-time in Spring 2022. His responsibilities include oversight in the areas of recruiting, admissions, orientation, and graduate student professional development and wellness. Dr. Lovern is also an associate professor in the Department of Integrative Biology where he has been on the Faculty since 2003. His research and teaching interests include behavioral endocrinology, physiology, and the stress response.

Carol Powers

Carol Powers, PhD

Assistant Dean


Dr.  Powers joined the Graduate College in summer 2018. She is responsible for coordinating the 360° Critical Skills for Career Success professional development program. She also coordinates logistics of the ITA exam, 3MT and 3MC events. She earned a BS in Crop Science and Applied Genetics from Washington State University, a MS in Crop Science from Oregon State University and a PhD in Applied Plant Sciences from the University of Minnesota.

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