Rowser replaces Durham as interim graduate studies director

James Vaughn

Provost Ronald Rochon appointed Mayola Rowser interim graduate studies director after former director Wesley Durham stepped down.

Rowser, College of Nursing and Health Professions assistant dean and Doctor of Nursing Practice program chair, started Monday.

“I needed someone to fill the position and chose Dr. Rowser because of her background,” Rochon said.

Durham returned to the Department of Communications as an associate professor of communication studies.

He was arrested Jan. 5, after an alleged domestic battery incident.

University officials said last month they would “take the appropriate amount of time to review the matter.”

“I don’t really want to talk about personal matters,” Rochon said Tuesday. “I support him in his return to his home department.”

Rochon said Durham made the decision to step down a couple of weeks ago.