Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Dr. Scott Hughes Selected as Arts and Sciences Dean

KINGSVILLE - March 04, 2010

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361.593.4143

Dr. Hughes
Dr. Hughes

Dr. Scott Hughes has been selected as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, pending approval from the Board of Regents of the Texas A&M University System.

He is scheduled to begin his appointment July 1.

Most recently, Hughes has served as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Idaho State University. Since starting in that position in June 2008, enrollment numbers have gone up for the college while it dealt with a 12 percent budget cut by the state.

He also oversaw significant growth in academic programs, including initiating an M.S. in Historical Resources Management, converting an English D.A. to Ph.D. and four new Ph.D. programs expected in FY10--microbiology, experimental psychology, geosciences, and social and environmental dynamics.

What does being a dean mean to Hughes? He answered by saying, "A dean is a caretaker of a college. That includes the curriculum, faculty, staff and the students. A dean makes sure that the students are getting the education that they need, and that the college moves forward. That includes fundraising, maintaining an environment of collegiality, and promoting excellence."

Hughes said that some of the goals he brings with him for the dean's post at Texas A&M-Kingsville include building on the strengths of the College of Arts and Sciences and examining interdisciplinary academic possibilities. "Texas A&M-Kingsville is an excellent university. I'm really looking forward to coming to the area and being part of it all."

Among his employment experience, Hughes served as chair of the department of geosciences at Idaho State University from 2001 to 2008; a professor of geosciences since 2001; division chief and assistant professor for the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology at Montana Tech; and as a NASA research associate at Oregon State University.

His honors include being named Outstanding Researcher at Idaho State University in 2004 and the Best Guidebook Award from the Geosciences Information Society in 2000. In 1999, he became an Elected Fellow of the Geological Society of America.

He holds a Ph.D. in geology/volcanology from Oregon State University and earned his master’s degree in geology at Northern Arizona University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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