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Ernest L. Brothers, associate dean of the Graduate School, director of the Office of Graduate Training and Mentorship, and adjunct assistant professor in political science, has been elected president of the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools. The election was held at the annual meeting earlier this month in Charlotte, North Carolina.

ErnestBrothersOver the next year, as president-elect, Brothers will advise the CSGS president and executive committee on matters pertaining to the next annual meeting, when he will assume the presidency.

CSGS is composed of public and private institutions in the southern region of the United States that grant master’s degrees and doctorates. The organization promotes the exchange of ideas and best practices in graduate education and research and maintains a close liaison with the Council of Graduate Schools, the premier national organization supporting the advancement of graduate education.

Brothers, who also serves as associate director for diversity enhancement for the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) at UT, has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in natural science from Delta State University, a Master of Public Policy and Administration degree from Mississippi State University, and a doctorate in urban higher education from Jackson State University.