At UHD, Dr. Link serves as the Chief Academic and Student Affairs Officer and is responsible for the coordination of all programs. He is in charge of all of UHD's Academic Colleges, Enrollment Management, Student Life, W.I. Dykes Library, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Academic Advising and Mentoring, Applied Business Technology Center, English Language Institute, Institutional Research, Institutional Effectiveness, Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, Academic Support Center, Learning Connections and Academic Centers. He is also responsible for supervising University deans, promoting and facilitating shared governance, leading University planning and assessment and overseeing UHD's accreditation. Dr. Link also provides direction for research, scholarship and creative activities; administers the hiring, promotion and tenure process and leads efforts to enhance student retention and graduation rates. Additional responsibilities include developing new degree programs and strengthening existing programs, as well as providing leadership for W.I. Dykes Library, International Programs and Online and Continuing Education.
Dr. Link earned his Doctor of Philosophy in 19th-Century American Literature and 20th-Century American Literature from Purdue University, Master of Arts in English Language and Literature from Southwest Missouri State University and his Bachelor of Science in Communications from Evangel Univeristy.
Prior to joining the UHD community as Provost, Dr. Link served in a variety of administrative and leadership roles, including Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Purdue University Fort Wayne and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Memphis, among many other roles. He is a Professor of American Literature at UHD, with research specializations in both 19th-century American literature and science fiction. Dr. Link has published ten books and more than 50 essays. He is a two-time Fulbright Senior Scholar (Switzerland in 2012; Ukraine in 2008).