The Washington State University Graduate School has named Chemistry Professor Gregory J. Crouch as associate vice provost for graduate academic programs. Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship Arvin Sahaym has been named associate vice provost for interdisciplinary initiatives with the Graduate School.
Both appointments began with the start of the Spring 2023 semester.
In her new role as associate vice provost for graduate academic programs, Crouch will serve as the liaison between the Graduate School’s Graduate Studies Committee and the Senate Graduate Studies Committee and support the evaluation and data review process. He will also oversee the transformation of the Graduate Mentor Academy.
In his new role as associate vice provost for interdisciplinary initiatives, Arvin Sahaym (who prefers to be referred to by his first name Arvin) will support and expand the Graduate School’s interdisciplinary and professional development initiatives. He will also support the Graduate Mentor Academy and serve as associate director of the Individual Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program.
“Doctor. Crouch and Dr. Sahaym were each selected from a pool of outstanding internal candidates after a thorough search,” said Tammy D. Barry, Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education. “They both stood out in their competitiveness given their various skills.”
Crouch holds a PhD in organic chemistry from WSU and has been a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry since 1996. He currently serves as interim director of graduate studies and associate chair in the Department of Chemistry.
At the university level, Crouch joined and later chaired WSU’s Faculty Senate Academic Affairs Committee. He was elected to serve as president of the Faculty Senate during the 2019-2020 academic year. Crouch also served one year as the faculty representative on the Board of Regents. In 2021, he received the Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Leadership.
During her time on the Faculty Senate, Crouch participated in NWCCU’s Student Success Academy where she focused on developing tools to analyze student data with the goal of uncovering possible differences in course outcomes. He continues to collaborate with the Faculty Senate, Institutional Research, and the Business Intelligence Group to refine and expand these tools.
Arvin has been a professor in the Department of Management, Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship at WSU’s Carson College of Business since 2020. Additionally, he is the Huber Dean’s Fellow in Entrepreneurship at the Carson College of Business (2020 to present).
Arvin earned his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Washington, building on his prior education in computer engineering and management. He has been a WSU faculty member since 2007.
Considered one of the nation’s leading “strategic entrepreneurship” scholars, Arvin played an integral role contributing to WSU’s top 10 ranking globally in entrepreneurship research. He has taught graduate seminars, served on several thesis committees as chair and member, and directed the WSU entrepreneurial skills and knowledge accelerator (WESKA). He also served on the WSU Faculty Senate.
Both Crouch and Arvin will provide additional support to students and programs by reviewing requests submitted to the Graduate School’s student services area. They will also contribute to graduate enrollment management efforts and the evaluation and review of policies and procedures.
“Although they were each chosen on their own merits, it is clear that their combined and complementary expertise will raise the profile of graduate education at WSU,” Barry said. “Given their track record, I am confident that Greg and Arvin will be collaborative and creative administrators who will be valuable colleagues to the faculty and staff and a resource for all graduate programs and students.”