UNTHSC’s New Dean for Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

The University of North Texas Health Science Center has hired Michael Mathis away from LSU, where he was Head at the School for Veterinary Medicine. He will be the new Dean for the Biomedical Sciences graduate school.

Michael Mathis (Courtesy of: UNTHSC).

“A medical school and a vet school are really very similar,” Mathis said via release. “They both have clinical departments, basic sciences that support biomedical research and teaching, as well as graduate and professional students.”

Mathis will help lead both the biomedical sciences faculty, who receive nearly $30 million in research funding each year, and the 90 Ph.D. candidates and 240 master’s candidates in the school’s eight programs.

Mathis served for a decade as the Director of the Gene Therapy Program and the Small Animal Imaging Facility at the LSU Health Science Center at Shreveport, Louisiana prior to his role as head of the veterinary school. His work has extended to higher education management and gynecologic cancer research as well.

“He has an extensive background in graduate education and his core values are in alignment with those of UNTHSC,” Dr. Charles Taylor, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs said via release. “He will be a great addition to our leadership team, and I look forward to working with him to position GSBS as one of the leading programs in the country.”

Mathis did graduate research at UT Southwestern studying the impact of tobacco smoke on fetal development before getting a Ph.D. At the University of California San Diego, a Master of Health Administration at LSU, and a doctorate of education in higher education administration from the University of Alabama.