Graduate School Staff

UMBC’s Graduate School staff is ready to assist you. Please refer to the table below to identify the appropriate person to contact.

Denise Atkinson

Denise Atkinson

Executive Administrative Assistant to the Dean

Dean's calendar
conference room booking


Mona Ahmad

Technology Coordinator

PeopleSoft SA Tech Support
Data Collection and SA queries

K. Jill Barr

K. Jill Barr, J.D.

Senior Assistant Dean of Graduate Enrollment

General matters relating to graduate enrollment
Residency classification

Wendy Y. Carter, Ph.D.

Wendy Y. Carter, Ph.D.

Program Coordinator, Ph.D. Completion Project/PROMISE 410.455.2281

Graduate student retention initiatives

Kathy Coleman

Kathy Coleman

Business Services Specialist

Graduate assistantships

Shirl Curtis

Shirl Curtis

Executive Administrative Assistant 410.455.3659

Associate Dean's calendar
Dissertation fellowships

Robert H. Deluty, Ph.D.

Robert H. Deluty, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of the Graduate School 410.455.2420

Student/faculty mediation
Academic Misconduct
Student grievances
Miscellaneous appeals

Melody T. Knox

Melody Knox

Program Management Specialist 410.455.2673

Academic Progressions
Leaves of Absences
Graduate School Events
Withdrawal from classes
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Diploma

Mary Topa

Jamie Lybarger

Admissions Assistant 410.455.1787

Admission letter generation
Residency determinations

Kathy Miller

Kathy Miller

Executive Administrative Assistant to the Dean 410.455.2199

Commencement participation of doctoral students and mentors
reports and special projects for the Dean

Lisa Portis Morgan, Ph.D.

Lisa Portis Morgan, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean for Graduate Progressions and Academic Services 410.455.8142

Graduate commencement ceremonies
Doctoral candidacy reception
GPA audits

Kathryn Nee

Kathryn Nee

Domestic Graduate Admissions Specialist 410.455.2944

Domestic applicants
“no fee” applications
Transfer of credits

Dan Neeley

Dan Neeley

Computer & Information Systems Support Specialist 410.455.3564

Online Application and ImageNow Technical Support

Scott Phillips

Scott Phillips

Graduate Admissions Specialist 410.455.8741

Certificate and Non-Degree Admissions
Inbound Inter-Institutional Enrollment

Kathy Ruth

Kathy Ruth

International Graduate Admissions Coordinator 410.455.2908

International applicants
Transcripts from foreign universities

Janet C. Rutledge, Ph.D.

Janet C. Rutledge, Ph.D.

Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School

Overall administration and management of the Graduate School

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D. Michael Suica

Recruitment Specialist 410.455.3598

Social Media
Information for prospective students
Requests for materials

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Brian C. Thompson, Esq., M.B.A.

Assistant Dean for Administration, Policy, & Compliance

Administration & Policy of the Graduate School

Renetta Tull, Ph.D.

Renetta Tull, Ph.D.

Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Development and Postdoctoral Affairs
Director of PROMISE: Maryland Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)

Recruitment of under-represented minority students
Graduate student retention initiatives

Gay Warshaw

Gay Warshaw

Manager, Recruitment and Admissions 410.455.1607

Information for prospective students
Graduate School Digest
General inquiries

Patricia Watson

Patricia Watson

Accountant I

Graduate Assistant payroll questions

Patricia Winborn



Master's Degree Requirements
Graduation Certification Process
Master's Student's Commencement Participation


Applicants seeking the status of your application and the application materials received should contact the graduate program to which you applied.

Applicants who desire to defer admission to another semester should call the graduate program to which you applied.

Students who need assistance registering for classes should contact the registrar's office directly at 410-455-2500 or

For all questions regarding international student and faculty visas, please call Ryan William, International Education Services, at 410-455-2624.