Soupir named to Graduate College post

Professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering Michelle Soupir, who has served in an interim role with the Graduate College leadership since April 2022, has been appointed associate dean for operations in the college, effective Jan. 1. It's a 50% appointment for three years.

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Over the last 20 months, Soupir worked on modernizing Graduate College operations to strengthen the experience of graduate students and faculty and postdoctoral scholars. Soupir will continue this work in the new position. She'll also have oversight for Graduate College staffing and office operations, and onboarding and administrative support for graduate students funded through external fellowships.

"Dr. Soupir skillfully led efforts to improve operations in the Graduate College during her interim appointment. I am grateful for her accomplishments and pleased that students, staff and faculty will continue to see the impacts of her work," said William Graves, dean of the Graduate College.

Soupir earned a bachelor's degree from Kansas State University, Manhattan, and master's and doctoral degrees from Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, all in agricultural and biological systems engineering. She has received numerous awards for her work in equity, diversity and inclusion, as well as for her research focused on the impacts of agricultural practices on water quality, and designing conservation practices to reduce pollution in downstream waters.


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