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The Graduate School of the University of Charleston, South Carolina oversees post-baccalaureate issues that on the undergraduate level are handled by Admissions, the Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid, and Student Affairs.  Its Graduate Council and Faculty Committee on Graduate Education, Continuing Education and Special Programs are analogous to the Faculty Committee on Academic Standards and the Faculty Curriculum Committee.

University of Charleston, South Carolina Staff and Areas of Responsibility


Brian R. McGee, Ph.D.
Graduate Dean
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

McGee is the Graduate Dean, Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs. In this role, McGee serves as the chief academic officer of the College of Charleston and a key member of the President's senior staff. McGee oversees academic programs, faculty affairs and many academic support functions, and works to ensure that the College of Charleston fulfills its institutional mission and goals. Read the full bio here.

Jon Hakkila, Ph.D.
Associate Dean and Professor of Physics and Astronomy

  • Oversees assessment activities for the Graduate School and graduate programs
  • Vice-Chair of the Faculty Committee on Graduate Education, Continuing Education, and Special Programs
  • Oversees dismissal, probation, and readmission procedures
  • Financial Advisor to the Graduate Student Association

Susan Hallatt, M.A.
Director of Graduate Admissions

  • Directs all application, acceptance, and matriculation operations
  • Tracks and assists prospective students through the application process
  • Develops and manages Banner database protocols
  • Oversees special grant opportunities such as Project CREATE

Michelle McGrew, M.P.A.

Research and Student Services Coordinator

  • Researches new opportunities for the Graduate community
  • Oversees data analysis for Graduate School initiatives
  • Plans and promotes Graduate School social functions
  • Processes documentation for prospective and current students

Robyn Olejniczak, B.A.
Director of Student Records

  • Manages records for all graduate students
  • Manages scholarship and abatement funding, and facilitates assistantship processes
  • Oversees registration and enrollment processes
  • Manages graduation process and directs commencement activities 
  • Works with campus stakeholders to review and develop academic policies

Director of Recruitment, Marketing, and Communications

  • Directs public relations, social media, and community outreach efforts
  • Represents the Graduate School for on- and off-campus events
  • Authors or edits all print and digital publications in conjunction with the Divison of Marketing and Communications

Assistant to the Dean

  • Manages all business and financial operations for the Graduate School
  • Oversees the operation and processes of Graduate curricula
  • Oversees the distribution of grant monies
  • Manages official Graduate School events
  • Assists the Graduate School Advisory Board
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