José Luis Bermúdez named Acting Dean of Arts and Sciences


Bermúdez joined the Texas A&M faculty in 2010 as dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

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Dr. José Luis Bermúdez, professor of philosophy and Samuel Rhea Gammon professor of liberal arts at Texas A&M University, has been named interim dean of the Texas A&M College of Arts and Sciences, effective May 1.

Bermúdez’s appointment was announced in mid-April by Texas A&M Acting Provost and Executive Vice President Dr. Timothy P. Scott ’89. Bermúdez will continue to serve concurrently as acting dean of the Texas A&M College of Dentistry until June 1.

“Dr. Bermúdez is a distinguished scholar and committed educator who brings significant experience in leading organizations and programs during times of change,” Scott said. “He is committed to excellence in our missions of teaching, research and service, while directing the administrative operations of the new College of Arts and Sciences.

Bermúdez joined the Texas A&M faculty in 2010 as dean of the College of Liberal Arts. As Dean, he worked with college department heads and faculty to fund and recruit more than 75 new faculty members from leading research universities through the nationwide Faculty Reinvestment Program. Texas A&M campuses. In 2014, he was named vice provost for strategic planning, a year-long tenure during which he chaired the committee implementing a comprehensive administrative review of Texas A&M University — an effort that ultimately redirected funding important annual contribution to teaching and research companies.

Prior to being recruited by Texas A&M, Bermúdez was a professor of philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis, where he also served as director of the Center for Programs in Arts and Sciences and the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology program. His interdisciplinary research at the intersection of philosophy and cognitive and behavioral science has resulted in eight single-authored books and six edited volumes to date, among many other publications. He was recognized in 2021 with a Research Excellence Award from the Texas A&M Association of Former Students.

Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Bermúdez was educated in England, earning both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Philosophy with Distinction as well as his Ph.D. in Philosophy from King’s College, University of Cambridge.

His personal interests include managing the wildlife of a ranch he owns in Robertson County and training his horse for a three-day eventing. He also participates in ultra-long bike races, such as the Iditarod Invitational, a 1,000-mile unsupported race through Alaska in the winter.

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