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John Sutherland

John C. Sutherland, PhD

interim Dean

Dr. John Sutherland, associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Science and Mathematics, has been named interim dean of the College of Science and Mathematics.

Sutherland, who joined Augusta University in the summer of 2015 after serving 14 years at East Carolina University (ECU), is also director of the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURS). He succeeds Dr. Rickey Hicks, who passed away on Jan. 7.

Prior to his tenure at ECU, Sutherland taught and conducted research at several institutions, including Brookhaven National Laboratory, the University of California at Irvine and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. He is an award-winning physicist who has focused his research on studies of biological molecules and the effects of ultraviolet and ionizing radiation on DNA and biological cells. He has been recognized for inventing the IMAGESystem, the first charged-coupled device electronic imaging system for recording fluorescence from electrophoretic gels, and the Fluorescence Omnilyzer, a single-photon counting system that records simultaneously the wavelength, time-of-arrival and polarization of each detected photon.

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Dr. Ricky Hicks

Rickey P. Hicks, PhD


Dr. Rickey Hicks, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 7.

Hicks, who was the first dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, had served in that position for three years.

“Rickey Hicks exemplified the kind of leadership we strive to develop in our organization,” said Dr. Gretchen Caughman, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. “He loved Augusta University and embraced fully our institutional vision and values. His enthusiasm and commitment will be missed.”

Prior to his time in Augusta, Hicks was chair of the Department of Chemistry at East Carolina University, director of medicinal chemistry at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and a professor at Mississippi State University.

An avid researcher specializing in antimicrobial peptides in drug design for use in fighting drug-resistant bacteria, Hicks held five patents and had 55 publications.

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John C. Sutherland, PhD

Interim Dean
Thomas C. Gardiner, PhD

*Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs*
Currently Vacant

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