Graduate School Leadership
Maria-Claudia Tomany, Ph.D.
Dr. Claudia Tomany became Dean of the College of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies in May of 2016. Dr. Tomany is responsible for the administration of all graduate education activities and graduate interdisciplinary programs. Tomany utilizes her extensive research and administrative experience and collaborative leadership style to support and expand graduate education on campus.
Tomany was the academic leader and executive campus director for the planned Gilbert, Arizona, campus of St. Xavier University. She previously was associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies at Western State Colorado University, Gunnison, Colorado. Prior to that, Tomany was assistant vice president for undergraduate studies and international education at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
She earned her bachelor's degree at the University of Bergen, Norway; her master's degree and doctorate in English and Scandinavian studies at the University of Munich, Germany.
Brandy A. Randall, Ph.D.
Dr. Brandy Randall joined The Graduate School as associate dean in 2013. Dr. Randall leads student professional development and program development and review aspects of the College of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies. This includes working with graduate programs and the Graduate Council to develop curriculum, working with the Program Review committee to evaluate program efficacy, and working with graduate programs to develop workforce and professional development activities for graduate students. Randall is also an associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science.
Randall’s research involves relational and contextual influences on adolescents’ and young adults’ positive and problem behaviors, with a particular focus on rural youth. She has published 12 journal articles, eight book chapters and two book reviews. She is currently the associate chair of the Youth Development master’s degree faculty group for the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA), a consortium of public universities that provides inter-institutional online masters programs.
Thomas I. Wahl, Ph.D.
In 2014, Dr. Thomas I. Wahl was named associate dean of The Graduate School. Dr. Wahl is responsible for graduate student fellowships and funding programs as well as for coordinating interdisciplinary programs.
Dr. Wahl is a professor in the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, where his research focuses on trade policy, consumers’ attitudes and preferences, international marketing and trade as well as food demand. He received his undergraduate and Ph.D. degrees in agribusiness and agricultural economics from Iowa State University.