Maureen Grasso, dean of the Graduate School, has been elected president of the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools for 2004-2005.
CSGS, which has a membership of more than 200 graduate schools in 15 states of the southern region of the United States, considers topics relating to graduate study and research of mutual interest to the member institutions. The organization administers the Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award, the Achievement Award for New Scholars and the Award for Contribution to Graduate Education in the Southern Region. Other functions include dissemination of information, promotion of standards, encouragement of research and assistance to institutions starting graduate programs. The organization has had an official existence for more than 30 years.