Carol Lynch is a senior scholar at the Council of Graduate Schools, where she directs the professional master’s initiatives. She is also dean emerita at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she was dean of the graduate school and vice chancellor for research from 1992 to 2004.
She was professor of ecological and evolutionary biology, and is a fellow of the Institute for Behavioral Genetics. She received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, her M.A. from the University of Michigan, and her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. She held a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Institute for Behavioral Genetics at the University of Colorado.
Much of her professional career was spent at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, where she served as a professor of biology and dean of the sciences. She has received a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health, is a fellow of the AAAS, and was president of the Behavior Genetics Association. Prior to coming to the University of Colorado, Dr. Lynch was the program director in population biology and physiological ecology at the NSF. She was president of the Western Association of Graduate Schools and has served on the board of directors of the Council of Graduate Schools and on the executive committee of the Council on Research Policy and Graduate Education at NASULGC (now APLU). She is currently a member of the Graduate Record Examination Board and was the chair of the TOEFL Board (Educational Testing Service, ETS). Dr. Lynch has authored numerous publications in evolutionary and behavioral genetics.