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General Student Advising

Brenda Gaughan, Director of Academic Affairs, is the primary contact for students. She is happy to assist students and faculty and may be reached at 713.500.9870 or Drop-ins are welcome.

Bunny Perez, Chief of Student Records, our school's registration expert and administrator of the Academic Standards Committee, is also available to help students and faculty. Contact Bunny at 713.500.9871 or

Academic Deans

The GSBS Academic Deans are available to counsel all students. Students can meet with the deans for general academic advice or for counseling on issues related to research, interactions with the advisor or lab-mates, or performance in courses. First-year students are welcome to come in to discuss the general degree requirements and expectations, past coursework and to discuss questions related to integrating into the research and academic environment.  

The deans can address your questions or concerns via email or in person. Appointments are not necessary, but are encouraged. 

Dr. Bill Mattox, Associate Dean of Graduate Education, may be reached at 713.500.8802 or  

Dr. Ellen Richie, Assistant Dean, is located at the UT MD Anderson Science Park in Smithville, Texas, and is available to assist students at that campus. She may be reached at 512.237.2403 or

Program Directors and Program Managers

Each GSBS Program has a Director and a Manager who are able to address Program-specific questions related to the program's requirements and processes. A list of Program Directors and Managers can be found here.


Do you have a question about GSBS, but you don't know who to ask?  Do you have a complaint?  A compliment? Please send your questions or comments to Emails sent to this address will be forwarded to the relevant GSBS Dean, Associate Dean or staff person at GSBS for rapid response and resolution.