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Dr. John Z. Kiss named Dean of College of Arts & Sciences

0323216Spotlight_KissProvost Dana Dunn shares this announcement with the campus community:

Dr. John Z. Kiss, dean of the Graduate School and professor of biology at the University of Mississippi, has accepted the position of dean of The College of Arts and Sciences at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro effective July 1, 2016.

John Kiss will succeed Dr. Timothy Johnston, who has held the position since 2003. After a yearlong transition leave, Johnston will return to UNCG as professor of psychology.

Dr. Kiss has been the dean of the graduate school at the University of Mississippi since 2012.  His academic appointments include Professor of Biology and Research Professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the National Center for Natural Products Research. In 2014, Kiss received the NASA outstanding Public Leadership Medal “for exceptional contributions in spaceflight research in the fundamental biology of plants in support of NASA’s exploration mission.” Previously on the faculty of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio (1993-2012), Dr. Kiss received the title of Distinguished Professor, for which the emphasis is on both research and teaching, as well as the Benjamin Harrison Medallion (the highest faculty honor). From 2008-2012 he served as chair of the Department of Botany.

Commenting on the value of a liberal education, Dr. Kiss responded, “It is clear to me that a liberal arts and sciences education will prepare our students for lifelong learning which will lead success in our increasingly competitive society. Liberal education develops critical thinking as well as writing and quantitative skills. Students also develop their ability to analyze the written word and to speak clearly. Since our students will have many careers throughout their lives, I firmly believe that a liberal education is an important hallmark of a university experience.”

I would like to thank the members of the search committee for their work on this search and the many faculty, staff and students who participated in the candidate interviews. Also, thank you to everyone who took the time to complete evaluation forms on the candidates.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Kiss upon his appointment and welcoming him to this important position.