April 10, 2017
Dear UT community,
I am excited to announce that Mark J. T. Smith will serve as the next dean of the Graduate School and senior vice provost for academic affairs effective August 1, 2017.
Mark comes to UT Austin from Purdue University where he currently serves as dean of the Graduate School. He oversees five campuses which offer more than 400 advanced degree programs and concentrations, supporting over 10,000 students. In recent years, he introduced many new innovative graduate programs including increased interdisciplinary initiatives and award-winning peer mentoring programs. He helped expand Purdue’s international presence, developed an array of new professional master’s degree programs, and streamlined administrative processes.
He brings a wealth of experience in leading diversity and inclusion efforts. At Purdue, he oversees outreach efforts in recruiting and graduating underrepresented minority doctoral students, and is actively engaged in promoting diversity among faculty.
In addition to his efforts as a university leader, Mark is widely recognized for his academic contributions and research in speech and image processing as well as object detection and recognition. He was also a member of the U.S. Olympic fencing teams in 1980 and 1984.
He holds an undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and master and doctorate degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
I want to take this opportunity to thank Marvin Hackert, who has led the Graduate School as interim dean since June 2015. He is widely respected by his colleagues and students across campus, has earned a reputation as an effective leader, and has led the school with distinction. Please join me in thanking Marv for his leadership and service.
I would also like to thank Laura Starks, the chair of the search committee, and the rest of the committee for their efforts throughout this process.
We are excited to add Mark to our leadership team and the Longhorn community. Please join me in welcoming him to UT.
Executive Vice President and Provost
The University of Texas at Austin