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Dennis Dean To Serve As Interim Research VP At Virginia Tech

Wednesday, January 28, 2015  
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Dennis Dean, director of the Fralin Life Science Institute, will serve as interim vice president for research at Virginia Tech, effective February 1.

Robert W. Walters, vice president for research, had announced his retirement effective September 1, but has requested to step down earlier to pursue research opportunities, according to Provost Mark McNamee.

An international search is under way and a permanent vice president for research will be named this summer.

Until then, Dean will lead the Office of the Vice President for Research with a focus on continued growth, collaboration, and strategic initiatives. He will also continue as director of the Fralin Life Science Institute.

“I am very pleased that Dennis has agreed to lead the research division during this important time of transition,” McNamee said. “He has a demonstrated record of internationally renowned research and scholarship and he has been an effective leader in multiple roles. I have every confidence that the division will continue on its positive course in the coming months, and ultimately make a smooth transition to the next vice president.”

Dean joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 1985, directed the Fralin Biotechnology Center for seven years, and led the transformation of the center into the Fralin Life Science Institute. From 2008 to 2009, he served as acting director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.

Dean’s research is recognized worldwide. He has published more than 160 articles and has received extramural funding to support his research since 1975, including awards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and Office of Naval Research.

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