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Office Staff

The Office of Graduate Education & Life actively supports the holistic development of WVU’s graduate and professional students. For specific information on the services our office provides, visit the " About" page.

Room 249 Mountainlair (on the second floor directly above Hatfield's) 
Office Hours: 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Staff members:

Dr. Richard Thomas
Interim Associate Provost for Graduate Academic Affairs

Richard Thomas is the Interim Associate Provost for Graduate Academic Affairs at West Virginia University where he is also a Professor in the Department of Biology. Professor Thomas earned his PhD in Plant Physiology from Clemson University. He held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Duke University before joining the faculty of West Virginia University in 1995. Prior to his appointment as Associate Provost for Graduate Academic Affairs, he served as the Chair of the Biology Department for 12 years.

Professor Thomas’s research on global environmental change has been supported by the National Science Foundation,      US Department of Agriculture, and the US Department of Energy. Dr. Thomas is the author or coauthor of 70 peer-reviewed scientific publications and findings from his research are providing information for atmospheric scientists, ecologists, and policy analysts on the role of forest ecosystems in the global carbon cycle as the Earth’s climate changes over the next century. His research has been featured in many news media venues, including Scientific American, National Geographic,  and WV Public Radio. He was named Outstanding Researcher of the Year in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences in 2001. 

Dr. Richard Thomas

Dr. Allison Dagen  
Assistant Provost for Graduate Academic Affairs

Allison Dagen

Dr. Jessica Queener
Assistant Provost for Graduate Education Policy

Jessica Queener

Dr. Nancy Caronia
Provost Fellow

Nancy Caronia is a Teaching Associate Professor with the Department of English and an Honors Excel Faculty Affiliate. She co-edited Personal Effects: Memoir, Teaching, and Culture in the Work of Louise DeSalvo (Fordham University Press) and wrote the introduction for the reprint of DeSalvo's novel Casting Off (Bordighera Press). She received the WVU Nicholas Evans Faculty Award for Advising Excellence in 2019, a WVU Teaching MVP Award: "Queen of Online Instruction" in 2020, and the first ever Honors Excel Mentor Award in 2021. She has curated American Dime Novel: Racialization / Erasure for the WVU Libraries' Art in the Libraries Faculty Exhibit Award.

Nancy Caronia

Dr. Betty Mei  
Program Director for Graduate Student Success


Micalyn Stump, MBA
Program Coordinator

Micalyn currently serves as OGEL's program coordinator, managing operations and strategic planning. She has a professional background in program management, professional development cultivation, and issues in graduate education. She has previously worked as a research analyst at the West Virginia state legislature. She holds an MBA from the WVU Chambers College of Business & Economics.

Vickie Crowder
Program Assistant

Kristen Johnson
Graduate Assistant

Kristen Johnson

Winda Melati
Graduate Assistant

Winda Melati is an international Ed.D. student in Higher Education Administration from Indonesia. She holds a degree in Film/TV Directing and a Master's in Education Management. She has professional experience in portfolio management and business development from working in international organizations such as the British Council, the Swedish Institute, and Gameloft.

Winda Melati