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College of Graduate Studies Staff


photo Chad Brooks Dr. Chad Brooks
Interim Associate Provost of Research
and Dean of the College of Graduate Studies


Dr. Brooks is responsible for coordinating all of the administrative duties for Research,  Grants and Sponsored Programs and the College of Graduate Studies. He is also responsible for establishing the policies and procedures that govern these areas. Dr. Brooks chairs the Graduate and Research Council, facilitates the Institutional Review Board, and coordinates Graduate Faculty approvals and the Graduate Student Appeals Process. Dr. Brooks also represents APSU's College of Graduate Studies at THEC and several other professional graduate organizations.

photo Tim Leszczak Dr. Tim Leszczak
Interim Assistant Dean, College of Graduate Studies

Dr. Leszczak oversees planning and operations related to the College of Graduate Studies, including admissions, recruiting, and graduate assistantships.  He reviews and updates graduate policies and procedures, manages the Graduate Studies website, and serves as the Chair of the Graduate Appeals Committee.

photo Karen Runyon Ms. Karen Runyon
Office Supervisor,  Associate Provost for Research
and Dean of the College of Graduate Studies

Ms. Runyon is responsible for the Graduate Assistantship processes. She also works closely with faculty committees to oversee the Diversity Fellowship Grant program and the Graduate Academic Appeals process. She works annually to update and publish the Graduate Bulletin. Ms. Runyon also coordinates the budget and purchasing for the College of Graduate Studies and provides administrative support for graduate committees and graduate faculty programs.

Coordinator of Graduate Recruitment

(931) 221- 6189

The Coordinator of Graduate Recruitment is responsible for developing and executing recruitment strategies for graduate programs.  This includes developing marketing material, attending education and career fairs, managing social media, identifying new businesses and markets to target for specific graduate programs, and serving as a point of contact for potential students.

photo Sara Brashears Ms. Sara Brashears
Admissions Technical Clerk

Ms. Brashears is responsible for processing admissions applications for all prospective domestic students.  She works directly with potential students and collects and processes required documents.  Ms. Brashears collaborates with other offices and departments to ensure quality assistance is provided.