Professor Acree will be a faculty marshal at graduate school commencement.
Professor Laurie Maffly-Kipp, Interim Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education, shares that “Billy has been a leader this year as the chair of the Executive Committee of the Graduate Council. He has done a tremendous job leading us through discussions of importance for all of our students. I especially appreciate his focus on the future of doctoral education and his keen awareness of the particular needs of diverse populations on our campus.”
Acree is thrilled and honored to serve as a faculty marshal. He commented: “I am so grateful to Dean Maffly-Kipp for this opportunity, and for all she has done to enhance graduate and professional education. Our graduate students play so many pivotal roles in the research and teaching missions of the university, and they are so vital to our communities. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with colleagues on the Executive Committee and across the university to think about how to make graduate education more inclusive and equitable, how faculty and programs can bolster infrastructures of support for graduate students across the board, and how these elements are central to the continued distinction of graduate education going forward.”