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Kent Holsinger’s Legacy of 38 Years of Service to Our University

Dear Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students,

With mixed emotions, I write to inform you that Kent Holsinger, our esteemed Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of The Graduate School, will be stepping down from his position at the end of this academic year. Kent’s departure marks the end of a remarkable 12-year tenure in this position.

Kent has been an integral part of our university community for over 38 years, and his contributions to graduate education and unwavering commitment to supporting students have left an indelible mark on our institution. Throughout his time as Vice Provost and Dean Kent has displayed exceptional leadership, fostering an environment of academic excellence and inclusivity.

Under Kent’s guidance, our graduate programs have flourished, reflecting his passion for advancing the academic and professional pursuits of our graduate students. His tireless efforts have resulted in innovative programs that empower our students to thrive in their chosen fields. Kent has played an important role in the development of entrepreneurial graduate programs and has spearheaded efforts to bring new graduate programs like Data Science to UConn.

One of Kent’s defining characteristics is his genuine dedication to supporting students. He has worked tirelessly to create resources and initiatives that enhance the graduate student experience, ensuring that they have access to the tools and opportunities needed for success. Many students have benefited from his mentorship, guidance, and advocacy, and his impact will be felt for years to come.

We will be organizing a special event to celebrate Kent’s accomplishments and contributions at the end of the year. In the coming weeks I will share plans for forming a committee to conduct an internal search for Kent’s successor.

Please join me in expressing our deepest gratitude to Kent for his remarkable service as Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School.


Anne D’Alleva, PhD
Provost and Executive Vice President
University of Connecticut
Office of the Provost
352 Mansfield Road, U-1086
Storrs CT 06269-1086
Tel. 860-486-4037

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