Texas Tech University

Texas Tech Names Interim Dean for Arts & Sciences

Amanda Castro-Crist

June 9, 2020

Michael San Francisco will lead the College of Arts & Sciences beginning Sept. 1.

Texas Tech University Provost Michael Galyean announced on Thursday (June 4) the appointment of Honors College Dean Michael San Francisco, Ph.D., as interim dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. He will begin in his new role Sept. 1 and replaces W. Brent Lindquist, who served as dean since July 2014.

"Michael brings a wealth of experience to this role," Galyean said. "We all understand that our academic community will face many challenges in the days ahead, but I am confident with Michael's capable leadership, combined with partnership and support from the college, that the College of Arts & Sciences will prosper."

A group of college employees that includes tenured faculty and department chairpersons selects interim deans from nominations. San Francisco will serve as interim dean until a permanent dean is hired. The university will initiate a nomination process later this summer to find a potential candidate to serve as interim dean of the Honors College while San Francisco serves in his interim role.

The College of Arts & Sciences comprises 16 departments and more than 400 tenured faculty members. In total, the college is home to more than 10,000 students, offering 41 bachelor's degree programs, 34 master's degree programs and 14 doctoral programs.

About Michael San Francisco, Ph.D.

Michael San Francisco
Michael San Francisco

San Francisco joined Texas Tech as an assistant professor in biological sciences in 1990 before being promoted to professor in 2004, then dean of the Honors College in January 2014. He also serves as a professor of molecular microbiology and microbe-host interactions in the College of Arts & Sciences; as an academic adjunct professor within the Department of Immunology and Molecular Microbiology at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center; as director of the Honor's College's Clark Scholars Program; as co-director of the Center for the Integration of STEM Education & Research (CISER) and as a special adviser to the vice president for research and innovation.

Previously, he has served as Honors College associate dean, interim vice president for research, associate vice president for research and interim chair of biological sciences at Texas Tech. He also served as director of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science Education Program at Texas Tech from 2005 to 2008.

He has taught courses in microbiology to undergraduate majors and non-majors and advanced bacterial physiology to graduate students for the last 30 years. He received the Hemphill Wells New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award and the President's Excellence in Teaching Award at Texas Tech, was identified as a Provost's Integrated Scholar and was last year's recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Tech Alumni Association. He was a founding member of the Teaching Academy. San Francisco's research in biological sciences has been published in numerous journals.

In addition to grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Department of Defense-SBCOM and Texas Tech's Office of Research & Innovation, he has served on proposal review panels for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the NSF and as ad hoc reviewer for a variety of funding agencies and scientific journals. He has mentored 13 doctoral students, more than 20 master's students and more than 50 undergraduate researchers.

He completed his bachelor's degree at the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bangalore, India, and earned his master's degree in biochemical ecology and doctorate in biology-microbiology from Boston University. San Francisco completed post-doctoral research in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and in biotechnology at The Ohio State University.