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CBS interim dean named

Tom Hays to take up the college leadership role beginning July 1.

Provost Karen Hanson has named Tom Hays interim dean of the College of Biological Sciences. Hays, associate dean for research and graduate education, will serve as interim from July 1 until a new permanent dean is in place. “I am confident that Professor Hays will provide experienced and thoughtful leadership that will serve the college well during this critical transition,” Hanson said in her announcement.

Hays joined the University of Minnesota faculty in 1989 after earning his Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is a professor in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development and a graduate faculty member for two programs — Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics, and Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics. His research, supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for 23 years, focuses on the structural and regulatory mechanisms that drive intracellular transport. 

"I am honored to have the opportunity to learn still more about the talented faculty and staff across our college, and to continue to advance our research and teaching missions," Hays says.

Hanson also announced the names of the members of the committee tasked with conducting a national search for a new dean for the college.