Provost Appoints Linda Hicke New Dean of College of Natural Sciences

April 24, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas — Linda A. Hicke, associate vice president of research at Northwestern University, has been named dean of the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin.

Linda HickeHicke's appointment, which is effective July 15, 2012, fills a vacancy created when Mary Ann Rankin announced her departure to lead the National Math and Science Initiative after serving as dean for 16 years.

“Linda Hicke comes to us with a deep research background in biochemistry and cell biology, and she has distinguished herself at Northwestern University as a visionary leader,” said Executive Vice President and Provost Steven Leslie. “This appointment is important strategically not only for the future of the college, but also for The University of Texas at Austin as a whole.”

Hicke praised the college for its ongoing contributions to the creation of knowledge and benefits to society and said she sees the potential for even more growth.

"The College of Natural Sciences is a strong, vibrant, intellectually diverse part of The University of Texas at Austin. The faculty, staff, students and alumni associated with the college have the ambition and talent to lead world-class innovation in research and education in 21st-century science,” Hicke said.

“I am honored to join President Powers and Provost Leslie in their enthusiastic commitment to promoting excellence in research and in education in the natural sciences, and I look forward to collaborating with engineering, liberal arts, education and other parts of the institution to help The University of Texas at Austin lead change throughout the world."

Hicke is a recognized expert in cell biology. She received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley and completed two postdoctoral fellowships, the first at the University of California at San Francisco and the second at the University of Basel in Switzerland.

She joins The University of Texas at Austin after 16 years at Northwestern as a professor and in various administrative posts, including director of the Center for Cell and Developmental Biology. She is widely published and was elected to the governing council of the American Society for Cell Biology from 2004 to 2006.

“Cutting-edge education and research in the natural sciences is a core component of any national research university, and whoever leads that effort has a tremendous impact on a university as a whole,” said President Bill Powers. “I couldn’t be happier that Linda Hicke has agreed to be dean of our College of Natural Sciences.”

Hicke’s appointment includes a tenured faculty position as professor of molecular genetics and microbiology in the School of Biological Sciences. She will also hold the Robert E. Boyer Chair in Natural Sciences.

The College of Natural Sciences is among the largest colleges at The University of Texas at Austin, with nine departments and schools, 9,700 undergraduate and 1,800 graduate students, and 38 research units. The college has 12 Top 10-ranked programs according to U.S. News & World Report and receives $134 million annually in grants and contracts.

For more information, contact: Tara Doolittle, 471-4550;  Lee Clippard, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, College of Natural Sciences, 512-232-0104.

7 Comments to "Provost Appoints Linda Hicke New Dean of College of Natural Sciences"

1.  Betty Melton said on April 24, 2012

Welcome to UT and Austin. Proud to have you on board!!! I wish you all the best!!! Betty Melton

2.  K. Sata Sathasivan said on April 27, 2012

On behalf of all teaching Faculty in the College of Natural Sciences, we welcome you as the Dean of our College. We are excited to have another Dean who is serious about commitment to high quality undergraduate education. You have a great team of very committed Faculty and Staff in the Dean's Office and in the College. We are looking forward to meeting and working with you.

3.  Dan Seilheimer MD said on May 3, 2012

As an alum of the Department of Chemistry and the father of a Dean's Schollar graduate of the CONS I am pleased that the university as been able to recruit such a highly qualified dean for the college. I welcome Dr Hicke and wish her the best.

4.  Jeff Lynn said on May 3, 2012

Welcome, I hope I have a chance to meet you at the MacDonald Observatory Board of Visitors meeting this summer.

5.  Joan Holt said on May 3, 2012

We are thrilled to have such a distinguished scientist as our new Dean and look forward to renewed emphasis on science and higher education. We invite you to visit us at the Marine Science institute in Port Aransas.

6.  David L. Kirchner said on May 3, 2012


7.  G. Roland Vela said on May 7, 2012

Dear Dean Hicke,
As a son of the 40 acres (B.A. 1950, M.A. 1951, Ph.D.1964), I WELCOME you to UT and wish you the very best of luck.
G, Roland Vela
University of North Texas
Emeritus Professor of Microbiology