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April M. Boulton, Ph.D.

Dean of the Graduate School

Tel: 301-696-3619
Email: boulton@hood.edu

April Boulton serves as the dean of the Graduate School.

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April joined the college in 2006 as an instructor of both undergraduate and graduate courses in the biology department. She served as the interim director of the environmental biology master's program in 2009 and became the program's director and assistant professor of biology in 2010. April was appointed as the associate dean of the Graduate School in May 2015 and was promoted to associate professor of biology in spring 2016. April has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate course for the biology department and environmental biology program with a focus on climate change and insect ecology. As interim dean, April oversees all graduate students and curricular initiatives, along with graduate admissions and enrollment operations.

April received her doctorate in ecology from the University of California, Davis in 2001, her master’s in animal behavior from Bucknell University in 1997 and her bachelor’s degree—liberally trained with a double major in psychology and classics—from Centre College in Danville, KY in 1994. An insect ecologist by training, she has published in several peer-reviewed scientific journals and was awarded a research grant by the USDA to investigate control measures for the small-hive beetle, a pest of the commercial honeybee. Given her pollinator work, April was instrumental in the passage of the Maryland Pollinator Protection Act in March 2016, which also resulted in her appearance on the Kojo Nmandi radio show and an article in the Washington Post.

Prior to her Hood appointment, April served as an instructor, curriculum developer and new-faculty mentor for UMUC. Due to her online experience, she has developed and continues to facilitate two fully online trainings for Hood faculty interested in alternative, online delivery modes. She has given workshops in online delivery for the CTL and has trained 50 plus Hood faculty from an array of departments, like computer science/information technology, foreign languages, nursing, education and psychology. For all of her professional accomplishments and exceptional service to the College and its students, April was awarded the Henry P. and Page Laughlin Faculty Professional Achievement Award in May 2014.

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Susan Kowalski

Executive Assistant to the Graduate Dean

Tel: 301-696-3602
Email: kowalski@hood.edu

Susan “Susie” Kowalski is the executive assistant to the dean of the Graduate School.

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Susie has held diverse positions in the legal, business, service and higher education sectors. Susie served as director of financial aid at Gettysburg Seminary, and she has experience in event planning from both the Seminary and as the owner of a small coffee shop. Her career in administrative support and management began when she served as office manager in the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office. In her spare time, Susie volunteers at both of her children’s schools in Gettysburg. She is the treasurer and administrative assistant of her youngest son’s Cub Scout pack, and enjoys conducting mock job interviews at her oldest son’s high school.

Susie uses an array of skills from previous career paths to fulfill her role as executive assistant to the dean in the Graduate School at Hood.

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Assistant Directors

Spencer Berk

Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions

Tel: 301-696-3604
Email: berk@hood.edu

Spencer Berk is the assistant director of Graduate Admissions and designated school officer at Hood College.

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Spencer joined Hood College with a strong background in admissions and higher education. Spencer started his academic career as an Academic Advisor with University of Maryland University College. Spencer then moved on to Capitol Technology University where he served in various admissions roles over six years. Before coming to Hood College, Spencer gained business experience as a banker with Wells Fargo Bank. Spencer’s academic accomplishments include a bachelor's degree in art history from University of Maryland and an MBA from Capitol Technology University with membership in the honor society of Sigma Beta Delta. In his spare time, Spencer is a goalie for an ice hockey team and enjoys taking his Norwegian Elk Hound on long walks.

Currently, as the assistant director of Graduate Admissions and designated school officer at Hood College, Spencer helps both international and American applicants through the admissions process. He is the admissions liaison for the following programs: Computer Science, M.S., Information Technology, M.S., Cybersecurity Certificate, Business Administration, MBA, Doctorate of Business Administration, Doctorate of Organizational Leadership, Organizational Management Certificate, Financial Management Certificate and Accounting Certificate.

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Larbi Bricha

Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions and Data Management

Tel: 301-696-3601
Email: bricha@hood.edu

Larbi Bricha is the assistant director of Graduate Admissions and data management at Hood College.

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Larbi began his graduate work at Hood in spring 2015. He is a candidate for the master’s degree in management of information technology and his research thesis is on network security. He earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science and system analysis from the College of Computer Science and Systems Analysis in Rabat, Morocco and has worked in the cybersecurity field. In the Graduate School, Larbi is the admissions liaison for the following programs: Management of Information Technology, M.S., Biomedical Science M.S., Bioinformatics, M.S. and the Bioinformatics Certificate.

In addition to his position in the Graduate School and his thesis research, Larbi serves as a graduate teaching assistant in Hood’s Computer Science department.

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Jan Marcus

Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions

Tel: 301-696-3603
Email: marcusj@hood.edu

Jan Marcus is the assistant director of Graduate Admissions at Hood College.

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Jan has over 15 years of administrative and teaching experience in higher education. From 1999 to 2003, he worked at Carroll Community College, beginning in the foundation office, where he coordinated the school’s annual fund and employee giving campaigns and managed sponsorship for foundation special events. He then moved to Carroll’s Continuing Education and Training division, where he designed CE&T’s website, coordinated outreach activities, and managed adjunct faculty development. In the Graduate School, Jan is the admissions liaison for the following programs: Ceramics Arts, MFA, Ceramics Arts, M.A., Ceramic Arts Certificate, Humanities, M.A., Human Sciences, M.A., Environmental Biology, M.S., GIS Certificate, Counseling, M.S., Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialty, Counseling, M.S., School Counseling Specialty, Gerontology Certificate, Thanatology, M.A./Certificate , Curriculum and Instruction, M.S., Education Leadership, M.S., Education Leadership Certificate Preparation, Elementary STEM Certificate, Mathematics Education, M.S./ Certificate, Mathematics Instructional Leadership, M.S., Mathematics Education, M.S./ Certificate and Reading Specialization M.S.

Jan has taught in the speech communications and English departments at Frederick Community College since 2007, teaching a range of speech communications, writing and literature courses. While at FCC, he worked as a writing center tutor and was the school’s first-ever sports information director. In that capacity, he served as President of the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference SID Association from 2009-2012. From 2013 to 2016, Jan taught secondary English at New Life Christian School, where he was also assistant athletic director.

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Graduate Assistant

Divya Bhamidipati

Graduate Student Assistant

Tel: 301-696-3600
Email: Bhamidipati@hood.edu

Divya is the graduate student assistant of the Graduate School.

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Divya began working at the Graduate School in September 2016. She began her studies at Hood in summer 2015 and is a candidate for a master’s degree in business administration. She earned her bachelor’s degree in hotel management from Asan Memorial Institute for Management in Chennai, India. She worked as a Reservation Executive at Hilton Worldwide/Chennai for two years. Her academic areas of interest are project and revenue management. When away from work and school, Divya loves to travel and spend time with her 3-year-old son.

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