The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM) is pleased to announce that its newest and third president in the School’s 28-year history, Dr. Hector E. Flores, began his term on April 15th, 2016. GSSM faculty, staff and students welcomed Flores with a cookout on April 18th where they got to know their new leader, including his love of books and Latin music.
“I’m incredibly excited to begin this new chapter at the Governor’s School,” said Flores. “This School is truly changing the future of education in South Carolina.”
During the cookout, Flores engaged students, learned about their interests, and spent time getting to know them, as well as faculty. The cookout culminated in an impromptu dance lesson during which Flores taught the students how to salsa.
Dean of Graduate studies at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) since 2011, Flores holds master’s and PhD degrees in Biology from Yale University and a master’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico. He earned his bachelor's from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima, Peru.
Prior to RIT, Flores served as Professor at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos; as Professor and Dean at Texas State University; as Professor and Dean at Arkansas State University; and as Professor at Pennsylvania State University. He has also served as a visiting scientist at the National Science Foundation.
Additionally, Flores has published extensively, overseen numerous grants, edited several books and guided many master’s and PhD students and postdoctoral fellows, as well as many undergraduate and Honors students. He has established many consortia, particularly international partnerships. He has a strong interest in and commitment to the education of minority students.
“GSSM is a really special place and I’m glad I’m here,” he said.