NCSU names new dean of textiles

N.C. State University’s College of Textiles has chosen its interim leader, David Hinks, as the new dean.

The permanent appointment will take effect Jan. 1, according to an announcement by NCSU Provost Warwick Arden.

Arden said Hinks would continue the school’s growth in textile research, innovation and partnerships with the private sector.

An expert in color and dye chemistry, Hinks is a professor of textile chemistry and director of NCSU’s emerging Forensic Sciences Institute. He leads more than 130 faculty and staff who mentor 1,000 undergraduates and more than 200 graduate students. The College of Textiles has more than 160 contracts with industry partners and eight government agencies totaling more than $14 million.

Hinks has been a faculty member at the textiles college for 17 years.