Beth Boehm has been appointed the new dean of the University of Louisville’s School of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies — a role she’s filled on an interim basis since September 2009, the university announced.

She’s the first permanent dean of the school, which in 2008 replaced the old Graduate School.

Boehm will aim to develop more graduate-level academic programs and improve retention rates among doctoral students and shortening, among other goals.The School of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies advocates for graduate students and for the university’s interdisciplinary programs. 

“She is a strong advocate of students and student well-being and she is a consensus leader,” 

Provost Shirley Willihnganz said in a news release announcing the appointment.

She is a professor in the university’s English department and had worked as a graduate adviser.