Little Named Dean of College of Science & Mathematics

Midwestern State University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Lynn Little as dean of the College of Science and Mathematics effective August 1.

Little currently serves as the dean of the School of Science and Mathematics at Howard Payne University. He formerly served The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas as professor and chair of the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences and as assistant dean for Academic Affairs.

"Dr. Little brings a wealth of experience to MSU and is a well-respected scientist and academic administrator," said Dr. Alisa White, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Little earned a doctorate in microbiology from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, a master's degree from The University of Texas School of Public Health, a Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Dallas, a master's degree in biology from the University of North Texas, and a bachelor's degree in biology from The University of Texas at Arlington.

He was a postdoctoral fellow for the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Harvard Medical School and a research fellow in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Boston. In addition, Little has authored or co-authored more than a dozen articles in peer-reviewed publications and more than 20 published abstracts.

A native of Dallas, Little is married to Mimi and has two adult children, Chip and Lanna.

Little will succeed Dr. Rodney Cate, who has effectively served as interim dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. Cate will return to his position as chair of the Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Geosciences.

"We are extremely grateful to Dr. Cate for his outstanding service to Midwestern State. He has been a pleasure to work with, and he will continue to provide critical leadership to the university in his role as department chair," White said.