(July 3, 2018) – UTSA Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Kimberly Andrews Espy today announced that Howard Grimes has been appointed interim dean of the UTSA College of Sciences, effective July 6.
Grimes worked for more than 20 years at Washington State University, where he was professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences. He served as dean of the Graduate School from 2002 to 2012 and concurrently served as vice president for research from 2008 to 2012, during which time WSU increased research funding by more that 90 percent, from $170 million a year to $320 million a year. More recently, Grimes served as vice president for research and economic development at Idaho State University (2012–2015) and as director for innovation and industry partnerships for Idaho National Lab and the Center for Advance Energy Studies (2015–2017). Since 2011, he has served as CEO of H2 Research Innovation, a consultancy firm focused on developing new approaches for sustainable agriculture via synthetic biology applications.
Grimes earned a Ph.D. in botany (biophysics) from North Carolina State University, an M.S. in plant pathology from the University of Massachusetts, and an A.B. in chemistry and biology from Indiana University. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
“Howard is an accomplished, highly collaborative leader with a strong record of interdisciplinary team-building and a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate and graduation education” said Espy. “As interim dean, he will be active in developing strategies to advance the college during this transition period and to facilitate the success of the national search for the next dean.”
Grimes’ appointment as interim dean was facilitated by the Registry for College and University Presidents, which works with institutions to place experienced higher education professionals in interim leadership positions.
UTSA has begun a national search for the next dean of the College of Sciences to replace George Perry, who last month was named chief scientist of the UTSA Brain Health Consortium.
The search committee comprises the following individuals:
John Murphy, Dean of the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning
Kelly Nash, Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy
Hector Aguilar, Lecturer lll, Chemistry
Bernard Arulanandum, Interim Vice President for Research, Economic Development, and Knowledge Enterprise
JoAnn Browning, Dean of the College of Engineering
Janis Bush, Professor and Department Chair, Environmental Science and Ecology
Walt Downing, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Southwest Research Institute
Mike Findeisen, Associate Director of Fiscal Administration, College of Sciences
Kim Fischer, Associate Dean for University Development, College of Sciences
Hai-Chao Han, Professor and Department Chair, Mechanical Engineering
Jenny Hsieh, Professor of Biology and Director of the Brain Health Consortium
Daijin Ko, Professor, Management Science and Statistics
Stanton McHardy, Professor of Research in Chemistry and Director of the Center for Drug Discovery
Chris Packham, Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy
Brad Parman, Principal, The Parman Group
Jennifer Potter, Associate Dean for Research in the School of Medicine, UT Health San Antonio
Priya Prasad, Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Ravi Sandhu, Professor and Director of the Institute for Cyber Security
Marina Suarez, Associate Professor, Geological Sciences
Floyd Wormley, Professor of Biology and Associate Dean of the College of Sciences
Timothy Yuen, Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching
Learn more about the UTSA College of Sciences.
Through the month of February, the UTSA community is invited to join student organizations, colleges and departments at events that commemorate the African American people, places and events that have paved the way for racial equality.Various locations
The UTSA Department of English presents this year's Brackenridge Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, Lawrence Venuti. Venuti is a professor of English at Temple University.Business Building University Room (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
Diploma Dash is a fast, certified 5k course for runners and a scenic route around Main Campus for walkers, strollers and dogs! There are individual and team prizes. Benefits UTSA students through the UTSA Alumni Association scholarship program.UTSA Main Campus
Enjoy music, food and socializing during this fundraising event benefiting the San Antonio Symphony League for the Youth Concert Series and the ITC for its ongoing educational mission.UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
UTSA Libraries will host Robert Rico, M.P.A., Department of Criminal Justice, for his presentation "Restorative Justice: A Relational Approach to Civic Discourse." Pizza will be provided to students while supplies last.Buena Vista Street Building (BVB 2.309), Downtown Campus
Spend an evening stirring your curiosity during these monthly talks featuring some of UTSA’s most renowned faculty, and learn how the latest research in their fields applies to our daily lives. This month's speaker is Francine Romero, UTSA associate professor and associate dean of the College of Public Policy.The Historic Guadalupe Theatre, 1301 Guadalupe St., San Antonio
Meet with 60+ representatives from Texas and out-of-state schools to get information on becoming a competitive health professions applicant and information about the application and transition process.Student Union Denman Ballroom (SU 2.01.28), Main Campus
UTSA master's of fine arts student Lauren Riojas-Fitzpatrick showcases her thesis through an art exhibit.Terminal 136, 136 Blue Star, San Antonio
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