John McCarthy will step down as dean of the Graduate School following the May 12 commencement to focus more time on his duties as senior vice provost for academic affairs as well as his research in linguistics.
The change was announced Feb. 23 by Provost Katherine Newman, who said an internal search will be conducted to select a new dean.
Newman cited McCarthy’s “extraordinary accomplishments” during his five-year tenure at the Graduate School, including the creation of an Office of Professional Development, support for Institutional Training Grants, a new graduate student orientation, diversity and fellowship programs focused on student success, and improvements to Graduate Commencement.
“By virtue of these and other initiatives he has put in place, Dean McCarthy’s successor will assume the leadership of a robust unit in the Graduate School,” said Newman. “I am personally very grateful to him for his remarkable leadership and very glad to be able to rely on even more of it in the Office of the Provost.”
Appointed vice provost for graduate education and dean of the Graduate School in 2012, McCarthy was named senior vice provost in 2015.
A member of the faculty since 1985, McCarthy is a Distinguished Professor in linguistics, where he specializes in the fields of phonology and morphology, the study of the structure of sounds and words in human language. He is a recipient of the Chancellor’s Medal, the Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity and the Distinguished Teaching Award.