Assoc. Dean for Admissions Liz Hutton Transitions to Duke SISS

Friday, July 21, 2017

Dear colleagues,

I am writing to let you know that Liz Hutton will be leaving her position as The Graduate School’s associate dean for admissions, effective August 8. Liz will transition to the Duke SISS Office, where over the next year she will focus on supporting Duke Kunshan with the implementation of PeopleSoft in preparation for the launch of Duke Kunshan’s undergraduate degree program in fall 2018.

While we are excited for Liz as she embarks on her new professional pursuits, we are also sad to lose her and will miss her dedication and leadership. She came to TGS in 2006 after about a decade in software development and testing. At TGS, she held several positions and worked her way through the ranks in the admissions office. She became director of admissions in 2010 and was promoted to associate dean in 2014.

During her time leading the admissions office, TGS saw a significant increase in its student population. Our applications have risen by 28 percent since 2010, with even greater increases in admission offers and matriculations. Liz and her team carried out a number of important initiatives that improved our admissions process and enabled us to handle this increase, including moving to paperless review of applications, implementing the Admissions Center for application review, and streamlining the processing of applications. In addition, she helped roll out the Duke Kunshan graduate programs in global health and medical physics. She also served on advisory boards for SISS and Hobsons, was a member of NAGAP and NCCGS, and presented at NAGAP meetings. 

We have begun the search for a new associate dean for admissions, and the position has been posted. In the meantime, please join me in congratulating Liz on her new opportunity!


Paula D. McClain, Ph.D.

Dean of The Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education