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Dean Flores accepts appointment
as dean of science at Texas State

Feb. 21, 2005 -- Dr. Hector Flores, dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics at ASU, has been named dean of the College of Science at Texas State University, effective July 1.

A copy of the news release issued by Texas State follows below.

Dr. Susan Allen, vice chancellor for research and academic affairs,
said that ASU was fortunate to hire Dr. Flores from Penn State as the inaugural dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics at ASU.

"His expertise in plant biotechnology supported our Arkansas Biosciences Institute effort and his experience at National Science Foundation was invaluable in mentoring faculty in getting grant funding," she said. "Under his leadership, the faculty of the College of Sciences and Math has expanded, the diversity of the faculty has increased, and external funding and peer reviewed publications have grown significantly. I wish him well in his new position and hope that we can continue to work together on programs of mutual interest."

Here is the release from Texas State:

Texas State University | San Marcos
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Hector Flores named Dean of College of Science at Texas State
SAN MARCOS Hector E. Flores, Ph.D., whose research interests lie in plant
biology and biotechnology, has been named Dean of the College of Science at
Texas State University-San Marcos.
³Dr. Floresı extensive background in research, teaching and administration
is precisely the right foundation for leadership of our College of Science,²
said Texas State President Denise Trauth. ³I also value his special
interest in the education of Hispanic students. I look forward to working
with Dr. Flores in the development of the college and in implementing the
Universityıs strategic plan.²
Flores studied biology at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos
(Lima, Peru; B.S., 1973) and horticulture at the University of Puerto Rico
(Mayaguez; M.S., 1977) before earning his M.Phil. (1981) and Ph.D. (1983) in
biology from Yale University.
Flores joined the Pennsylvania State University (State College, Penn.) in
1978 as Professor of Plant Pathology and Biotechnology, where he developed
an active national and international program which balances basic and
applied research in plant biology and biotechnology via individual and
collaborative efforts. He was also adjunct professor of biology and faculty
member in the Intercollege Graduate Programs in Plant Physiology and
Ecology, and the newly created Life Sciences Consortium. He served as
Director of the Science, Technology and Society Program at Penn State from
1996-1999 and between September 1999 and September 2001 Flores was program
director for metabolic biochemistry at the National Science Foundation. In
2003 he became Dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics at Arkansas
State University (Jonesboro, Ark.) and professor of biological sciences,
while also holding a research appointment with the Arkansas BioSciences
As a researcher, Flores has received more than $6 million in competitive
grants as both co- and principal investigator from federal, state and other
competitive programs including private foundations. His research projects
have centered around the metabolism and biochemistry of biologically active
compounds produced in plant roots, and the uses of plants for nutrition,
pharmaceutical and agrochemical applications. Flores has received research
funding from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of
Agriculture, ARCO Chemical Company, Pennsylvania Research Corporation,
Hawaii Biotechnology Group, Charles Lindbergh Fund and The McKnight
Foundation. In 1987, Flores was awarded a Summer Fellowship from the
National Health Sciences Foundation (Japan).
Flores is also strongly committed to international collaborations. Over the
past 20 years he has hosted visiting scientists and advised graduate
students from China, Costa Rica, Peru, Argentina, Ecuador, Mexico, Portugal,
Spain, Germany, Italy, Russia, China, Egypt, Brazil, Japan and the
Philippines. Between 1994-2000 he led an international initiative for
research and training in Latin America, focusing on Andean root and tuber
crops and supported by The McKnight Foundation. Flores has also developed
innovative approaches to biology and science teaching at the graduate and
undergraduate levels, including several new courses in plant biotechnology,
specialized plant biochemistry, science and creativity, and Seeds of Change:
the Uses of Plants.
He is on the editorial board of several international journals and has done
extensive service for Federal and private agencies and professional
organizations, and been an international consultant for the U.S. State

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