About CSGS

The Conference of Southern Graduate Schools is an organization of over 200 graduate schools in the following fifteen states of the southern region of the United States: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

The Conference’s purpose is to consider topics relating to graduate study and research which are of mutual interest and concern to the member institutions. In addition, dissemination of information, promotion of standards, encouragement of research, and assistance to institutions starting graduate programs are important functions of the organization. And the Conference serves as a liaison with other national and regional educational bodies on behalf of the institutional members.

Karen S. Coats, President

Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
The University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive #5024,
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
Phone: 601.266.4262
Email: karen.coats@usm.edu

Hello, and welcome to the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools! I hope the fact that you are using this website indicates your active engagement or interest in this organization.  CSGS is comprised of graduate school leaders from universities of all shapes and sizes across the south from Texas to Maryland.  Our organization is filled with the unique experiences, perspectives, and challenges that naturally emanate from such a diverse group, providing opportunities to learn so much of value from each other.  That is the main purpose of this organization – to be a resource that helps us all lead our universities better, enhance graduate education on our campuses and across our region, and positively impact the lives of our students by preparing them for a bright future.

I have the privilege of serving as President of CSGS this year (2021-22), and I hope the enthusiasm and energy that I feel within this organization will continue to flourish, with your help, during my tenure as president. Working with a talented and committed leadership team, my intent is for CSGS to provide opportunities for the professional development of each member. Beyond planning for an impactful 2022 annual meeting, the monthly forum series begun by my predecessor will continue, and I hope to create additional value for our organization by expanding our focus on graduate students.  Please provide me with your thoughts and ideas on graduate student programming and resource development.

Please stay tuned to this website for regular updates on upcoming forums, and save the date for our 2022 annual joint meeting with the Conference of Historically Black Graduate Schools (CHGBS).  We plan to gather in person in Raleigh, NC in February 2022. CHBGS (February 16-17) and CSGS (February 17-19) conference programs are currently in planning, and meeting agendas will be forthcoming in the fall. I value your input on our annual meeting and all CSGS initiatives, so please feel free to reach out to me with your suggestions.


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Karen S. Coats, President

Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
The University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive #5024,
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
Phone: 601.266.4262
Email: karen.coats@usm.edu


Mary Farmer-Kaiser, President-Elect

Dean of the Graduate School
Professor of History
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Martin Hall, Suite 332
104 University Circle
Lafayette, LA 70503
Phone: 337.482.6965
Email: kaiser@louisiana.edu

Dr. George Flowers

George T. Flowers, Treasurer

Professor and Dean of the Graduate School
Auburn University
106 Hargis Hall
Auburn, AL 36849
Phone: 334.844.2125
Email: flowegt@auburn.edu


Andrea Golato, Secretary

Dean, The Graduate College
Texas State University
The Graduate College
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666-4684
Phone: 512.245.2581
Email: agolato@txstate.edu

Jack DeRochi

Jack DeRochi, Past-President

Dean of the Graduate School
Winthrop University
209 Tillman Hall
Phone: 803.323.2204
Email: derochij@winthrop.edu

Peter Harries

Peter Harries, Second Treasurer

Dean, The Graduate School
North Carolina State University
1020 Main Campus Drive
Room 2300A
Raleigh, NC 27695-7102
Phone: 919.515.1989
Email: pjharrie@ncsu.edu

Executive Committee

Brenda Smith

Brenda J. Smith (term ends 2024)

Associate Dean
Graduate College
202 Whitehurst
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078
Phone: 405.744.6368
Email: bjsmith@okstate.edu


Constinia Charbonnette (term ends 2022)

Director of Strategic Initiatives
Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health
West Virginia University
PO Box 6897
Morgantown, WV 26506
Phone: 304.293.7173
Email: cocharbonnette@hsc.wvu.edu

Jon Hakkila

Jon Hakkila  (term ends 2023)

Associate Provost for International Services, Academic Integrity, and Dean of the Graduate School
Office of Academic Affairs
The University of Alabama in Huntsville
301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899
Phone: 256.824.6339
Email: jon.hakkila@uah.edu

Julie Goodliffe

Julie Goodliffe (term ends 2023)

Director of Funding and Fellowships
The Graduate School
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Charlotte, NC 28223
Phone: 704.687.5349
Email: jmgoodli@uncc.edu

Jill Huerta

Jill S. Huerta (term ends 2024)

Executive Director
Center for Graduate Life
The Graduate School
UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
Phone: 704.687.7232
Email: jhuerta2@uncc.edu

Brian Kloeppel

Brian Kloeppel (term ends 2024)

Dean of the Graduate School and Research
Western Carolina University
110F Cordelia Camp Building
Cullowhee, NC 287723
Phone: 828.227.3174
Email: bkloeppel@wcu.edu

Ethan Carver

Ethan Carver (term ends 2022)

Associate Dean
The Graduate School
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
615 MCCallie Avenue
104 Race Hall, MS 5305
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Phone: 423.425.5773
Email: ethan-carver@utc.edu


Jamillah McDaniel (term ends 2023)

Assistant Professor & Director, Assessment and Operations
Division of Graduate Education in Biomedial Sciences
Morehouse School of Medicine
720 Westview Drive
Atlanta, GA 30310
Phone: 404.752.1773
Email: jmcdaniel@msm.edu


Sharon James McGee (term ends 2022)

Dean of Graduate Studies
Professor of English
East Tennessee State University
309 Burgin Dossett Hall
PO Box 70720
Johnson City, TN 37614-1710
Phone: 423.439.4221

Andrew Goodliffe

Andrew M. Goodliffe (term ends 2022)

Associate Dean of the Graduate School
University of Alabama
801 University Blvd.
102 Rose Administration Building
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Phone: 205.348.8283
Email: amg@ua.edu

Lisa Sperling

Lisa Sperling (term ends 2022)

Senior Director, Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives
University of Georgia Graduate School
210 S.Jackson St.
Athens, GA 30602-1633
Phone: 706.542.6413
Email: sperling@uga.edu


Juan E. González (term ends 2023)

Dean of Graduate Education and Associate Provost
Office of Graduate Education
UT Dallas
800 W Campbell Road FN 31
Richardson, TX 75080-3021
Email: jgonzal@utdallas.edu

Mary Owens Southall

Mary Owens Southall (ex officio with vote)

President, Council of Historically Black Graduate Schools
Dean, Graduate School
Coppin State University
2500 West North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21216
Phone: 410.951.3090
Email: mowens@coppin.edu

Visit our Membership Page for details and registration information.

The Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) evolved out of informal discussions among graduate deans in the southern region, beginning at the summer workshop of the Council of Graduate Schools in 1969. From these discussions, it was determined that there was significant interest within the region in meeting periodically to discuss mutual problems. At three subsequent meetings of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, an ad hoc committee of graduate deans was organized to continue informal discussions and explorations concerning formation of an organization.

While CSGS has had an official existence for over thirty years, a prior organization, the Conference of Deans of Southern Graduate Schools (CDSGS), goes back to discussions in 1925 and official establishment in 1927. That organization was dissolved in 1963 in view of the newly formed Council of Graduate Schools. However, it became apparent that not all needs served by the regional organization could be met by the national group and so the organization was revived.

The first annual meeting of the Conference was held at the Fairmont Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans in May, 1972. A total of seventy three registered and attended. In addition to adopting a constitution and bylaws, approving the name of the organization, and electing officers, free discussions gave the members of the group an opportunity to exchange ideas on a variety of subjects.

(From Graduate Education in the South, 1991, Thomas A. Langford, Editor)

CSGS Presidents 1972-2022

Term Name  School
2020-2021 Karen Coats The University of Southern Mississippi
2020-2021 Jack DeRochi Winthrop University
2019-2020 Kim LaScola Needy University of Arkansas
2018-2019 David Berkowitz University of Alabama in Huntsville
2017-2018 Ernest L.Brothers University of Tennessee
2016-2017 Amy Thompson McCandless The College of Charleston
2015-2016 John Z.Kiss University of Mississippi
2014-2015 Paul Gemperline East Carolina University
2013-2014 Edelma Huntley Appalachian State University
2012-2013 Jeannine Blackwell University of Kentucky
2011-2012 Nancy Marcus Florida State University
2010-2011 Dianne Barron Troy University
2009-2010 Patricia Bishop University of Central Florida
2008-2009 Philip Langlais Old Dominion University
2007-2008 Karen DePauw Virginia Tech
2006-2007 Deborah Arfken University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
2005-2006 Gordon Emslie Oklahoma State University
2004-2005 Maureen Grasso University of Georgia
2003-2004 William Person Mississippi State University
2002-2003 Gordon Melson Wake Forest University
2001-2002 Joan Lorden University of Alabama – Birmingham
2000-2001 Sandra Terrell University of North Texas
1999-2000 Teresa A. Sullivan University of Texas
1998-1999 Wayne Patterson University of Charleston
1997-1998 Richard D. Koshel Mississippi State University
1996-1997 George P. Avellano University of Texas, Pan American
1995-1996 Diane M. Jacobs University of Central Florida
1994-1995 Gordhan L.Patel University of Georgia
1993-1994 Michael R. Dingerson University of Mississippi
1992-1993 Virginia Falkenberg Eastern Kentucky University
1991-1992 Paul Bryant Radford University
1990-1991 Madelyn Lockhart University of Florida
1989-1990 Joyce Lawrence Appalachian State
1988-1989 C. H. (Bud) Minkel University of Tennessee
1987-1988 Hazel Garrison Hampton University
1986-1987 Carl Riggs University of South Florida
1985-1986 Leslie Thompson Texas Woman’s University
1984-1985 Robert Perkins University of Texas (Arlington)
1983-1984 John Salley Virginia Commonwealth
1982-1983 William Macmillan The University of Alabama
1981-1982 Wimberly Royster University of Kentucky
1980-1981 George Kunze Texas A & M University
1979-1980 James Hudson University of Arkansas
1978-1979 James Reeves Tennessee State University
1977-1978 James Traynham Louisiana State University
1976-1977 Joe Gerber Stephen F. Austin State University
1975-1976 Albert Spruill North Carolina A & T
1974-1975 Charley Scott University of Alabama
1973-1974 Chester McKee Mississippi State University
1972-1973 William Toland Baylor University
1971-1972 John Harrison University of Miami

Conference Locations 1972-2022


Year City
2022 Raleigh, NC
2021 Virtual Meeting due to Covid-19
2020 Birmingham, AL
2019 Knoxville, TN
2018 Fayetteville, AR
2017 Anapolis, MD
2016 Charlotte, NC
2015 New Orleans, LA
2014 San Antonio, TX
2013 Greenville, SC
2012 Jacksonville, FL
2011 Huntsville, AL
2010 Savannah, GA
2009 Norfolk, VA
2008 Austin, TX
2007 Chattanooga, TN
2006 Little Rock, AR
2005 Biloxi, MS
2004 Charlotte, NC
2003 Tampa, FL
2002 Baton Rouge, LA
2001 Richmond, VA
2000 Nashville, TN
1999 Charleston, SC
1998 Fort Worth, TX
1997 Savannah, GA
1996 Mobile, AL
1995 Asheville, NC
1994 Clearwater Beach, FL
1993 Jackson, MS
1992 Louisville, KY
1991 Norfolk, VA
1990 Tuscaloosa, AL
1989 Little Rock, AR
1988 Charleston, SC
1987 New Orleans, LA
1986 Knoxville, TN
1985 Raleigh, NC
1984 South Padre Island, TX
1983 Birmingham, AL
1982 Tampa, FL
1981 Savannah, GA
1980 Memphis, TN
1979 Jackson, MS
1978 San Antonio, TX
1977 Charleston, SC
1976 New Orleans, LA
1975 Atlanta, GA
1974 Dallas, TX
1973 Atlanta, GA
1972 New Orleans, LA