Announcement - Reappointment of Dean Lynn Cooley

April 3, 2024

Dear Members of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Community,

I am delighted to announce that the Yale Corporation has approved the reappointment of Lynn Cooley, C. N. H. Long Professor of Genetics and Professor of Cell Biology and of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, as dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for a third term of five years, effective July 1, 2024. This renewal recognizes Dean Cooley’s success over the past decade in leading the oldest graduate school in the country into a new era of distinction.

Throughout the past decade, Dean Cooley has worked tirelessly to enhance the school’s academic environment for faculty, staff, and students. The Graduate Program Review initiative, which began in the 2015-16 academic year, is a testament to her dedication to fostering strong relationships between the graduate school and individual programs. This pioneering endeavor has facilitated communication and collaboration and empowered programs to excel in admissions, career outcomes, and curricular innovation.

Under Dean Cooley’s visionary leadership, the graduate school has seen remarkable expansions, including a Ph.D. program in translational biomedicine; a Ph.D. program in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies; and a master’s degree program in personalized medicine and applied engineering. She has also fostered partnerships to advance multidisciplinary study in collaboration with the Wu Tsai Institute; Whitney Humanities Center; and Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration.

In the face of great challenges posed by the global pandemic, Dean Cooley took proactive measures that focused on the safety and well-being of our graduate student community while simultaneously facilitating the continuation of learning, teaching, and research endeavors. Most notably, she extended additional financial support to students whose research was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dean Cooley’s unwavering commitment to students’ well-being also has led to the implementation of medical leave hardship awards to lessen the financial burden resulting from such leaves of absence, hiring the graduate school’s inaugural embedded mental health clinician, consistently increasing stipend support for Ph.D. students, expanding family support for students with children, and introducing relocation awards to incoming students to offset the cost of moving to New Haven. These initiatives underscore her dedication to fostering an inclusive and supportive academic environment, which she also has advanced by expanding key pipeline programs such as the Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program and the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

Finally, I salute Dean Cooley for playing a pivotal role as part of the team that collaboratively navigated the graduate student unionization process and continues to spearhead many of the implementation efforts following the ratification of a contract. Throughout her tenure, Dean Cooley has acknowledged the important contributions of graduate students to our campus and upheld the academic and research commitments of the university.

I am grateful to all those who informed the reappointment process with their thoughtful comments about the graduate school and Dean Cooley’s achievements. In noting their admiration for her leadership, colleagues from across the university remarked that the graduate school has been strengthened immeasurably by Dean Cooley’s collaborative spirit and innovative approach. I also received several messages praising her steadfast advocacy for the evolving needs of students and faculty members.

I would like to thank Dean Cooley for her contributions to the excellence of the graduate school and for her willingness to continue serving in this important role. Please join me in congratulating her on her reappointment and in wishing her every success in the years ahead.


Peter Salovey
Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology