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George Flowers, dean of the graduate school, earned a peer-nominated award from the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools for his significant accomplishments to graduate education. Flowers accepted the award at the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools’ annual meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina, this past February.

He has served as dean of the graduate school since 2008 and is a professor of mechanical engineering in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. Since 2008, Flowers successfully increased graduate student enrollment by more than 46% and has strategically expanded graduate program offerings, including adding dozens of new graduate degrees, certificates and courses that reflect scholarly advancements across various fields of study.

The Conference of Southern Graduate Schools is an organization of more than 200 graduate schools in 15 states.