Mississippi University for Women has named Patricia Caston as director of sponsored and collaborative projects at Mississippi University for Women.

In this position, Caston will work with faculty, staff and administration to develop grant proposals, coordinate grant-funded programs for agencies, institutions, local government and collaborate with external agencies to identify strategic opportunities on behalf of the university.

“Ms. Caston has excelled in a number of different roles at the university over nearly two decades.  I look forward to the expertise she will bring to this new role as The W works to enhance its sponsored projects capability as well as collaboration across units and with its community partners,” said Dr. Scott Tollison, provost and vice president of academic affairs.

As director of sponsored and collaborative projects, Caston will serve as the university textbook officer and work with departments and offices across academic affairs to ensure that course materials are readily accessible to faculty and students. She will also work with academic department chairs and program directors to manage dual enrollment ensure compliance with SACSCOC accreditation standards relating to dual enrollment.

“I am looking forward to supporting the University’s mission by collaborating with faculty and staff in promoting and managing the possibilities for research, scholarly and creative activities,” said Caston.

Prior to her appointment as director, Caston served as executive assistant in the Office of Academic Affairs since 2016. Additionally, she was the administrative assistant and NCATE analyst of the College of Education and Human Sciences from 2006 until 2016.

Caston holds a bachelor of arts degree from Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa, and has completed 12 graduate hours at Mississippi University for Women.

Outside of her professional responsibilities, Caston has served on various committees and university councils including Staff Council, Administrative Council and Sustainability Committee.

About The W

Located in historic Columbus, Mississippi, The W was founded in 1884 as the first state-supported college for women in the United States. Today, the university is home to 2,227 students in more than 70 majors and concentrations and has educated men for 40 years. The university is nationally recognized for low student debt, diversity and social mobility which empowers students to BE BOLD.

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