RIT welcomes new administrators

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Hector Flores will become dean of graduate studies on Sept. 1. Flores has served in previous administrative roles, most recently as dean of science at Texas State University. He is a plant biologist specializing in the biochemistry and physiology of plant roots and storage organs and in the biology and culture of plant-people interactions. Flores is replacing Andrew Moore, who is retiring.

Lorraine Justice began her duties as dean of the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences in July. Under her leadership for the past six years, the Hong Kong Polytechnic School of Design (PolyU) emerged as one of the top 30 design schools in the world, and one of the top four Asian design programs. She replaced Frank Cost, who served as interim dean.

Ryne Raffaelle started as vice president for research and associate provost July 1. Raffaelle, who was director of the National Center for Photovoltaics at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, Colo., worked at RIT from 2000 to 2009 in various positions, including as the first academic director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability. He replaced Don Boyd, who retired June 30.

Andrew Sears became dean of the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences on Aug. 1. He was the Constellation Professor of Information Technology and Engineering, professor and chair of information systems, and director of the Interactive Systems Research Center at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Sears succeeds Jorge Díaz-Herrera, who became president of Keuka College in July.