GSSM Announces New President, Dr. Hector E. Flores of the Rochester Institute of Technology

October 21, 2015

The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM) welcomes its newest president in the School’s 28-year history, Dr. Hector E. Flores.

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 proud to welcome an accomplished scholar and administrator who holds a strong commitment to advanced science education," said Dr. Leroy Davis, Sr., Chairman, GSSM Board of Trustees and Executive Director, Center for Excellence, Voorhees College. "We're excited to begin GSSM's next chapter under his leadership and continue our quest to positively impact South Carolina's knowledge economy through the advanced preparation of our state's best and brightest."

Flores will join GSSM on April 15, 2016. Until then, retiring President Dr. Murray Brockman will remain at GSSM’s helm. 

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