Abel Chávez, Ph.D.
Dean of Graduate Studies, Vice President of Student Success
Dr. Abel A. Chávez, MBA is the Vice President of Student Success and the Dean of School of Graduate Studies. Dr. Chávez came to Western in 2014 from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany. Though today he serves Western in critical administrative positions, he has an extensive academic and research background in community-based climate-action planning, material-flow analysis (MFA) and life-cycle assessment (LCA). He holds a Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Colorado Denver's Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems and an MBA from the University of Houston. Chávez has also held management positions in several major companies.