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Texas State biology Professor Michael R. Forstner has been named a Regents Professor by the Texas State University System Board of Regents.

Michael Forstner

Michael Forstner

Forstner, who holds the Alexander/Stone Chair of Genetics, has been at Texas State since arriving from Florida Atlantic University in 1999. He has overseen the development of the university’s core genetics course while raising the university’s international profile with a research program making significant contributions to genetics, conservation and wildlife management. Forstner’s support for the scholarship, research and thesis projects of his students has resulted in 162 peer-reviewed journal articles, many of which featured his students as first author.

The Regents Professor designation honors exceptional and outstanding members of the system’s professoriate who have achieved excellence in teaching, research and publication, and community service, while demonstrating dedication to their students, their university and their community.
It is a lifetime designation bestowed by the Board of Regents upon tenured faculty who have been acknowledged as exceptional by their peers and students and recommended by The TSUS Foundation Board of Directors, the chancellor and their university president.

“Michael Forstner has had an extraordinary impact in teaching, research and service as a member of Texas State’s faculty, and has set a high bar for faculty excellence at the university,” Texas State President Denise M. Trauth said. “We are fortunate to have a professor of Michael’s caliber leading a new generation of researchers at Texas State.”

Forstner earned his B.S. in zoology from Texas State in 1988, his masters from Sul Ross State University in 1991 and his PhD in genetics from Texas A&M University in 1995. In 2007, he was named the inaugural holder of the Alexander/Stone Chair of Genetics.

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