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UT Tyler Appoints Neil Gray as College of Arts and Sciences Dean

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September 25, 2018

Media Contact: Beverley Golden
Agency Director
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The University of Texas at Tyler

The University of Texas at Tyler recently announced the appointment of Dr. Neil Gray as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Gray served as chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry for seven years and assistant chair for two years. As chair, he worked with faculty to significantly improve the size and health of the department. The enrollment of chemistry and biochemistry majors has nearly doubled since 2011.

"Given its role as the primary provider of core curricula, the College of Arts and Sciences has the greatest impact on student success across campus,'' said Dr. Amir Mirmiran, UT Tyler provost and vice president for academic affairs. "Dr. Gray's experience and skills and his passion for higher education made him the ideal candidate to continue the college's tradition of excellence and to further develop an environment that promotes student engagement and success.''

Gray joined the UT Tyler faculty in 1998 as a professor of chemistry and has received numerous awards, including Piper Professorship of Teaching Excellence, Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award and Chancellor's Outstanding Teaching Award.

"The College of Arts and Sciences is highly devoted to student success and quality teaching and research,'' Gray said. "I look forward to contributing to the continued success of the college, to promoting interdisciplinary scholarship and programs, and to nurturing our faculty as leaders in the humanities, arts, natural sciences and social sciences.''

Gray is a fellow of the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers, founding fellow of the UT Tyler Academy of Distinguished Teachers and immediate past president of the Texas Academy of Science.

A member of the prestigious UT System, The University of Texas at Tyler focuses on student success and innovative research in the more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered. With more than 10,000 students, UT Tyler has facilities in Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston.

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