Cathy Buyarski selected as new president-elect of AD&D


On April 14, Cathy Buyarski was voted as president-elect of the Association of Deans and Directors of University Colleges and Undergraduate Studies (AD&D). AD&D is a national, nonprofit, membership association that provides a platform of information and knowledge sharing, virtual community for networking, and an annual conference that offers professional development experience for deans, directors, and their colleagues. 

As president-elect of AD&D, Buyarski is looking forward to continuing the conversation about the important role of university colleges on college campuses. She is excited to join the discussion on student success and is especially interested in helping the association discover how it can have a larger voice in the national conversation about supporting student success. William Moultrie, current president of AD&D and interim dean of University College at North Carolina Central University, says, “I’ve heard how knowledgeable Cathy is on student success, and I’m very excited to work with her this next year.”

Buyarski, who is currently the executive associate dean of University College and the executive director of student success initiatives at IUPUI, has an excellent background for her new leadership role in AD&D. She has always shown great commitment to ensure the continuing success of students from all walks of life. The favorite part of her career has been working at IUPUI because of its commitment to populations of students that are historically underrepresented on college campuses.

At IUPUI, we have the opportunity to impact individuals, families, and communities through our work and that is a tremendous privilege.

Dan Brown, past president of AD&D and dean of University College at Texas State University, is looking forward to working with Buyarski in her new position. Brown says, “I’ve worked with Cathy Buyarski for a number of years and am always energized by her focus on, commitment to, and experience with student success.” He believes that her breadth and depth of experience will continue the growth and development of their organization.

Several past presidents of AD&D have come from IUPUI, and Buyarski is happy for the opportunity for IUPUI to continue to be the center for those conversations. She believes that her selection is not simply a recognition of her, but also a recognition of the people in University College at IUPUI as a whole. Kathy Johnson, executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer at IUPUI, says that AD&D engages a strong network of leaders committed to supporting undergraduate education and academic support services. Johnson says, “Dr. Buyarski is one of our most creative and innovative leaders at IUPUI, and I’m delighted that she’ll be serving as AD&D president.”

Buyarski's colleagues in the Division of Undergraduate Education are congratulating her on her new position and are looking forward to supporting her continuing achievements.

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