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Deborah Armstrong
William Scouten

UTSA College of Sciences names interim dean

(Aug. 22, 2003)--Ricardo Romo, president of The University of Texas at San Antonio, announced the appointment of Deborah Armstrong (top photo) to the position of interim dean of the College of Sciences.

Armstrong succeeds William Scouten (lower photo), who has accepted the position of UTSA associate vice president. He will work with the vice provost for research and graduate studies on research initiatives in science and engineering.

During Scouten's tenure as dean, the college implemented three new doctoral degree programs, hired several new faculty and collaborated with the Air Force and Brooks City-Base to create the Center of Excellence in Biotechnology and Bioprocessing Education and Research (CEBBER). CEBBER will be used to train both military and civilian personnel to handle vaccines, biosensors and other biological products.

"We are pleased that Dr. Scouten has accepted this position to help us pursue special initiatives in science as we move toward research status as an institution," said Guy Bailey, UTSA provost and executive vice president. "We also look forward to working with Dr. Armstrong with her experience and strong record of accomplishments at UTSA."

Armstrong, who begins her new role Aug. 25, is an experienced administrator who has served the university since 1983 as an educator and a member of the College of Sciences administration.

"I am grateful to Dr. Scouten for his leadership in the College of Sciences and I look to continue building on the programs he helped establish at the university," said Armstrong.

A professor of biology, Armstrong served as associate dean for the College of Sciences at the Downtown Campus and coordinated special projects. She received the Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award in 2000 and the Chancellor’s Council Outstanding Teaching Award in 1990.

Armstrong, recognized for her research in neuroscience, has published 40 articles and made over 70 presentations worldwide.

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