Provost Warwick Arden suspended the search for a new dean of the College of Textiles last week and appointed professor David Hinks to serve as interim dean effective July 1. Blanton Godfrey, who has served as dean for 14 years, is returning to the faculty at the end of June.
In a statement distributed May 30, Arden said a search committee recently completed a round of candidate interviews but was unable to reach consensus on finalists for the position.
“I respect the wisdom of the committee and felt it best to put the search on hold for now and restart it in the coming academic year,” Arden said.
Hinks is the Cone Mills Professor of Textile Chemistry and director of the Forensic Sciences Institute. He is a member of NC State’s Academy of Outstanding Teachers and Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension, and serves on the Park Scholars Advisory Council and the North Carolina Forensic Science Advisory Board that was established by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2011.
A native of Derby, England, Hinks earned a Ph.D. in color chemistry from the University of Leeds in 1993.