Graduate School Staff

Dean of the Graduate School, M. Brian Blake, Ph.D.
M. Brian Blake, Ph.D.
  • Oversees graduate degree programs across UM's schools and colleges
  • Advocate for graduate education and is responsible for administering University policies and procedures
  • Ph.D. in Information and Software Engineering from George Mason University
  • Associate Dean of the Graduate School Koren A. Bedeau, Ph.D.
    Koren A. Bedeau, Ph.D.
    Associate Dean
  • Represents the School at various internal and external meetings
  • Coordinates meetings relating to the recruitment of diverse and high performing graduate students
  • Coordinates professional development and TA workshops for students, orientation, and the Dissertation Writing Group
  • Ph.D. in Mass Communication and Media Studies from Howard University, M.A. and B.S. from the University of Central Florida
  • Assistant Director Tyrone Henry
    Tyrone Henry
    Assistant Director
  • Manage academic services pertaining to graduate students including degree conferrals, student files, and annual student awards and recognition
  • Liaise between the dean, program directors, faculty, and students on issues with respect to Graduate School policies and procedures
  • B.A. from Colgate University
  • Office Assistant Nicole Johnson
    R. Nicole Johnson
    Office Assistant
  • Works closely with Assistant Director to process memos, new student files, and currently enrolled students
  • Provides administrative support for the School and manages day-to-day, front office operations
  • B.S. from Florida State University
  • Executive Assistant to the Dean of the Graduate School, Maria Torres
    Maria C. Torres
    Dean's Executive Assistant
  • Responsible for the Dean’s calendar and correspondence
  • Supports daily administrative and maintenance operations in the office. Coordinates graduate program reviews and Graduate Council meetings.
  • B.S. in business administration from Florida International University
  • Dissertation Editor Doreen Yamamoto
    Doreen Yamamoto
    Senior Dissertation Editor
  • Professional academic/nonacademic editor and writer
  • Format edits student dissertations and theses
  • Works with Richter Library to maintain the University’s Scholarly Repository database
  • B.A. in History and English from Oberlin College, Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University
  • Jennifer Palma
    Communications Specialist
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  • Rod Gibson
    Communications Assistant
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