Kiss named dean of UM graduate school

By The Associated Press

OXFORD — John Z. Kiss, chairman of the botany department at Miami University in Ohio, is the new dean of the University of Mississippi Graduate School.

He begins Sept. 1.

Kiss served 19 years as a faculty member at Miami of Ohio and is internationally known for his research in botany and space technology, particularly for his studies of gravity and light perception mechanisms in plants.

Kiss will succeed Maurice Eftink, former graduate school dean and professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

In his new post, Kiss will assist with fundraising, resource management and faculty development, as well as research and curriculum matters.

Kiss has a doctoral degree from the Rutgers University in botany and plant physiology.