As dean, Flowers will supervise a staff of 13 charged with the admission, advisement and graduation activities for all graduate students. He also will chair the graduate council, which oversees graduate faculty credentialing, curriculum and program reviews.
“Great universities are known for the excellence of their graduate programs and Auburn University certainly deserves to be recognized as a great university,” said Flowers, who has served as interim dean with Joe Pittman since August 2006. “I look forward to working with all those involved with graduate education and research at Auburn University as together we seek to build truly outstanding graduate programs.”
“George has proven himself an excellent leader during his interim position these past two years,” said John Heilman, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. “Auburn now heads into a new era with a new strategic plan that calls for increased graduate student enrollment and research, so his demonstrated leadership will serve us well.”
Flowers, an Alumni Professor in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, served as acting associate dean of the Graduate School from 2005-2006.
He joined the Auburn faculty in 1990 after working with the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of South Florida. At Auburn, he received the Alumni Teaching Award in 1995 and the College of Engineering’s William F. Walker Merit Teaching Award in 2004. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi academic honor society, Sigma Xi scientific research honor society and Pi Tau Sigma mechanical engineering honor society.
Flowers earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1984 at Auburn, followed by a master’s degree in 1985 and a doctorate in 1988 at Georgia Tech, both in mechanical engineering.
He and his wife Deanna have two children, Heather, 16, and Peyton, 11.