- Education and Degrees
- Academic Positions
- Honorary Degrees
- Honors and Awards
- Societies and Organizations
- Journal Editorship
- Journal Editorial Boards
- Civic and Professional Boards
- Committees and Panels
- Conference Administrative Responsibilities
- Musical Activities
- Academic Administration
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Education and Degrees:
High school diploma (with honors and varsity letters in soccer and wrestling), Friends' Central School (Wynnewood, Pennsylvania), 1963.
B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa), double major in chemistry (with honors) and mathematics (with honors), Gettysburg College, 1967.
M.S. in chemistry, Yale University, 1968.
Ph.D. in chemistry, Yale University, 1970.
Research Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1970-71.
Postdoctoral Appointee, University of California, Berkeley, 1971-72.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Rochester, 1972-74.
Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of Rochester, 1974-77.
Professor of Chemistry, University of Rochester, 1977-85.
Mercer Brugler Distinguished Professor, University of Rochester, 1985 (declined).
Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics / Professor of Chemistry and Physics,
State University of New York at Buffalo, 1985-91.
Adjunct Professor of Chemistry and Physics, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1991-93.
Provost and Academic Vice President / Professor of Chemistry and Physics,
Washington State University, 1991-96.
Adjunct Research Professor of Physics, Korea University (Seoul, Korea), 1994-99.
Chancellor / Professor of Chemistry and Physics, University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, 1996-2003.
Visiting Professor of Physics, Korea University (Seoul, Korea), 1999-2006.
Chancellor / Professor of Chemistry and Physics, University of Missouri–St. Louis, 2003-.
Honorary doctorate in physics (honoris causa), University of Szeged, Hungary, 2008.
Honorary Ph.D. in education for locality development, Phranakhon Rajabhat University, Thailand, 2013.
Honors and Awards:
Eagle Scout (with bronze/gold/silver palms, 62 merit badges, Order of the Arrow, Valley Forge Trail Medal and God & Country Medal), 1961.
Union League of Philadelphia Award, 1961.
Stine Chemistry Prize, Gettysburg College, 1967.
Undergraduate Award, Southeastern Pennsylvania Section, American Chemical Society, 1967.
Sigma Xi (Scientific Research Society), 1970.
Postdoctoral Research Award, National Research Council-National Bureau of Standards, 1972-73 (declined).
Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar, 1975-85.
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellow, 1976-80.
Marlow Medal and Prize, Royal Society of Chemistry, Great Britain, 1979.
New York Academy of Sciences Fellow, 1981.
University of Rochester Mentor, 1982-83.
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow, 1983-84.
American Physical Society Fellow, 1984.
Distinguished Alumni Award, Gettysburg College, 1987.
Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers Fellow, 1994.
American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, 1994.
Omicron Delta Kappa (National Leadership Honor Society), University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, 1999.
Faculty Scholar Award, University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point Chapter, Sigma Xi, 1999.
Outstanding Contributions to Chemistry Award, Central Wisconsin Section, American Chemical Society, 2002.
Distinguished Alumni Award, Friends' Central School, 2003.
Korean Academy of Science and Technology (foreign member), 2004.
Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (honorary member), University of Missouri–St. Louis, 2006.
Outstanding Community Service Award, St. Louis County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 2006.
Distinguished Higher Education Award, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Missouri State Celebration Commission, 2008.
St. Louis North County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, 2008.
Medal of Honor, Gulf University for Science and Technology, Kuwait, 2010.
Lifelong Vision Award, Lifelong Vision Foundation, St. Louis, 2012.
Diploma of Honour, Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences, Finland, 2013.
Silver Beaver Award, Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, 2013.
Good Scout Award, Community for Scouting of North St. Louis County, Boy Scouts of America, 2014.
Leadership Partner Award, Royal Vagabonds Foundation, St. Louis, 2015.
Marquis Who's Who in America (and various other listings).
Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin, 1978; five lectures presented.
Lecturer, NATO Advanced Study Institute on Semiclassical Methods in Molecular Scattering and Spectroscopy, Cambridge University, England,1979; six lectures presented.
Distinguished Speaker, Department of Chemistry, University of Utah, 1980.
Distinguished Lecturer, Air Force Weapons Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, 1980; three lectures presented.
Lecturer, NATO Summer School on Interfaces under Photon Irradiation, Maratea, Italy, 1986; two lectures presented.
Lecturer, Smithsonian Institution/American Chemical Society Lecture Series on Chemistry at the Cutting Edge, Washington, D.C., 1990.
Lecturer, 5th International Topsøe Summer School on Nonlinear Optics, University of Aalborg, Denmark, 1992.
Dow Lecturer in Polymer Science, Department of Chemistry, University of Detroit Mercy, 1996.
Musselman Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 1999; three lectures presented.
Distinguished Lecturer, Korean Academy of Science and Technology, Seoul, Korea, 2003.
Frank and Elaine Moss Distinguished Lecturer, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Missouri–St. Louis, 2007.
Doctor Honoris Causa Lecturer, Department of General and Environmental Physics, University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary, 2008.
(418 lectures overall - 138 invited/plenary conference lectures and 280 seminars, colloquia and talks.)
Societies and Organizations:
American Chemical Society, 1968-; American Physical Society, 1968-; Sigma Xi, 1970-; Royal Society of Chemistry (Great Britain), 1975-2014; New York Academy of Sciences, 1979-; Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, 1979-2002; Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, 1985-91; Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences, 1986-; European Physical Society, 1986-2003; American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1989-; Materials Research Society, 1992-2013; Northwest Scientific Association, 1992-96; Northwest Academic Forum, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, 1992-96; Kiwanis Club of Stevens Point, 1996-2003; National Wellness Institute, 1997-2003; Midwest Jazz Society, 1997; Boy Scouts of America (Samoset Council, Wisconsin, 1998-2003, Greater St. Louis Area Council, 2004-); Girl Scouts of America (Woodland Council, Wisconsin), 1998; Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth, 1999-2003; American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, 2003; St. Louis Theatre Organ Society, 2005; Kiwanis Club of Normandy 24:1, 2012-.
Chair, Physical Division, American Chemical Society, 1987-88 (Chair-Elect, 1986-87; Vice-Chair, 1985-86).
Chair, Northwest Academic Forum, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, 1994-95 (Program Chair, 1993-94).
Chair, United Way of Portage County Campaign, Wisconsin, 1999 (Vice-Chair, 1998).
President, Board of Directors, United Way of Portage County, Wisconsin, 2001-02.
President, Samoset Council Board, Boy Scouts of America, Wisconsin, 2002-03 (President-Elect, 2001-02).
Vice-President, Board of Directors, Stevens Point Area YMCA, Wisconsin, 2002-03 (Secretary/Treasurer, 2002).
Chair, Council of Presidents, Great Lakes Valley Conference (Athletics), 2009-13.
Chair, Board of Directors, Higher Education Consortium of Metropolitan St. Louis, 2010- (Secretary/Treasurer, 2007-10).
Vice President/Treasurer, Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, 2014-.
Editor, International Journal of Theoretical Physics, Group Theory and Nonlinear Optics, 1999-.
(Other editorships for books, conference proceedings and specific volumes of journals are listed below under Edited Books and Volumes.)
Journal Editorial Boards:
Advisory Editorial Board, Chemical Physics Letters, 1979-81.
Advisory Board, Journal of Physical Chemistry, 1980-84.
Editorial Board, Molecular Physics, 1984-92.
Editorial Advisory Board, Chemistry of Materials, 1989.
Editorial Board, Journal of Cluster Science, 1989-97.
Editor-at-Large, Marcel Dekker, Inc., 1989.
Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Quantum Nonlinear Phenomena, 1991-96.
Editorial Advisory Board, Nova Journal of Theoretical Physics, 1996-97.
Editorial Advisory Board, International Journal of Theoretical Physics, Group Theory and Nonlinear Optics, 1998.
Editorial Advisory Panel, International Journal of Green Nanotechnology, 2009-.
Civic and Professional Boards:
Board of Managers, Buffalo Museum of Science, 1986-92.
Board of Trustees (Alternate), Calspan-UB Research Center, 1989-91.
Executive Board, New York State Institute on Superconductivity, 1990-91.
Board of Directors (ex officio), University at Buffalo Sciences Alumni Association, 1989-91.
Board of Directors, Washington State Institute for Public Policy, 1991-96.
Board of Trustees, Washington State University Foundation, 1991-96.
Board of Directors, Washington Technology Center, 1992-96 (appointment by the Governor of Washington).
Administrative Board, State of Washington Water Research Center, 1993-96.
Board of Trustees and Board of Directors (Alternate), Associated Western Universities, 1993-96.
Board of Directors, Technology Alliance (State of Washington), 1996.
Board (Alternate), Joint Center for Higher Education, Spokane, Washington, 1996.
Board of Directors (ex officio), University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point Foundation, 1996-2003.
Board of Directors (ex officio), University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point Paper Science Foundation, 1996-2003.
Board of Directors, United Way of Portage County, Wisconsin, 1997-2003.
Board of Directors, Portage County Business Council, Wisconsin, 1998-2003.
Board of Directors, Stevens Point Area YMCA, Wisconsin, 1998-2003.
Midwestern Higher Education Commission, 1999-2005 (appointment by the Governor of Wisconsin).
Board of Directors, Saint Michael's Hospital, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, 1999-2003.
Founding Board of Directors, Distributed Learning Workshop, Midwestern Higher Education Commission, 1999-2003.
Advisory Panel, Gethrucollege.com, 1999.
Samoset Council Board, Boy Scouts of America, Wisconsin, 2000-03.
Melvin R. Laird Endowment Advisory Board (ex officio), 2000-03.
Board of Directors, WiSys Technology Foundation (subsidiary of Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation), 2000-03.
Board of Directors, Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth, 2001-03.
Advisory Council, Educational Directories Unlimited, 2001-06.
Board of Commissioners, Academic Advanced Distributed Learning Co-Laboratory, University of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Technical College Systems and U.S. Department of Defense, 2001-03.
Advisory Board, New Economy Workforce Coalition, Wausau, 2001-03.
Board of Directors, Marathon County Partners in Education, Wisconsin, 2002-03.
Advisory Council, Northern EDGE (Economic Development and Growing the Economy), Northern Wisconsin, 2002-03.
University of Missouri–St. Louis Chancellor’s Council, 2003-.
Board of Governors, Fair St. Louis, 2003.
Board of Trustees, Missouri Botanical Garden (ex officio), 2003-.
Board of Directors, Cortex Innovation Community, 2003-.
Coalition for Plant and Life Sciences, 2003-11.
Board of Directors, Higher Education Consortium of Metropolitan St. Louis, 2003-.
Board of Directors, Center for Emerging Technologies, 2003-.
Board of Directors, St. Louis Regional Chamber (ex officio), 2003-.
Board of Direction, St. Louis Mercantile Library (ex officio), 2003-.
Board of Directors, United Way of Greater St. Louis, 2004-17.
Commission on Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Diversity, American Council on Education, 2004-07.
Executive Board, Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, 2004-.
Board of Directors, Christian Hospital, St. Louis, 2004-.
Board of Trustees, John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library, 2004-.
Metropolitan Board of Directors, YMCA of Greater St. Louis, 2005-.
Commissioner, Midwestern Higher Education Compact, 2005-09 (appointment by the governor of Missouri).
Board of Trustees, St. Louis Science Center, 2005-12.
Board of Trustees, Academy of Science of St. Louis, 2006-.
St. Louis Coalition for Information Technology Board, 2006-07.
Advisory Board, Department of Physics and Optical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2007-11.
Advisory Board, Halyard Education Partners, 2007.
St. Louis Center of Excellence Advisory Board (Life Sciences), 2007.
Board of Directors, Innovate St. Louis, 2007-.
Advisory Board, Innovative Technology Enterprises, 2007-.
Board of Directors, Grand Center, St. Louis, 2009-.
BioSTL Coalition, 2011-.
Nanomedicine Program Board, Radiological Technologies University, South Bend, Indiana, 2012-.
Board of Directors, Beyond Housing, 2012-.
Board of Commissioners, St. Louis Science Center, 2012-.
Board of Directors, Lifelong Vision Foundation, 2013-.
Advisory Board, Missouri Institute of Mental Health, 2014-.
Committees and Panels:
Committee on Recommendations for U.S. Army Basic Scientific Research, 1978-81.
Sakhorov International Committee, 1980.
Harrison Howe Award Committee, Rochester Section, American Chemical Society, 1980.
Awards Committee, Procter and Gamble Student Prizes in Physical Chemistry, American Chemical Society, 1982-3.
External Review Committee, Department of Chemistry, Gettysburg College, 1984.
Executive Committee, University of Rochester Chapter, Sigma Xi, 1984-85 (Membership Committee, 1981-84).
Chair, Canvassing Committee, Peter Debye Award in Physical Chemistry, American Chemical Society, 1987-1988 (member, 1986-88).
Steering Committee, New York State Center for Advanced Technology in Health-care Instruments and Devices, 1988-90.
Site Visit Team, New England Association of Schools and Colleges Ten-Year Accreditation of Boston University, 1989.
Peer Review Panel, Medical Free-Electron Laser Program, American Institute of Biological Sciences, 1989.
Review Panel, Research Experiences for Undergraduates, National Science Foundation, 1989.
Review Panel, Science and Technology Research Centers, National Science Foundation, 1989.
Resource Group to Help Develop New York State's Action Plan for the 1990's in Science and Engineering, 1990.
Review Panel, Office of Naval Technology/American Society for Engineering Education Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, 1990.
Site Visit Committees, Proposed Science and Technology Research Center in the Southwest, National Science Foundation, 1988,90.
Chair, Steering Committee, New York State Institute on Superconductivity, 1990-91 (member, 1987-91).
Chair, Canvassing Committee, Award in Pure Chemistry, American Chemical Society, 1990-91 (member, 1989-91).
Council on Academic Affairs, National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, 1991-96.
Washington Technology Center Review Committee, 1991-92.
Executive Committee, Northwest Academic Forum, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, 1992-96.
Review Panel, Graduate Research Traineeships, National Science Foundation, 1992.
Commission on Human Resources and Social Change, National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, 1992-96.
Executive Committee, Physical Division, American Chemical Society, 1979-82,85-89,94-97.
National Nominating Committee, Outstanding Young Men of America, 1996.
Academic Affairs Subcommittee on Scientific Education Research and Training, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, 1996-98.
Commission on the Future of Gettysburg College, 1996-97.
Project 435 District Leadership Council, Wisconsin Association for Biomedical Research and Education/Research!America, 1997-98.
Review Panel, Preproposals for Science and Technology Centers, National Science Foundation, 1998.
Council of State Representatives, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, 1998-2002.
Portage County Urban Area Comprehensive Planning Committee, Wisconsin, 2000.
National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Budget Committee, 2001-03.
Executive Group for On-Line Learning, University of Wisconsin System, 2001-03.
Federal Relations Council, University of Wisconsin System, 2001-03.
Board Quality Assurance Committee, 2001-03, and Finance Committee, 1999-2001, Board of Directors, Saint Michael's Hospital, Stevens Point, Wisconsin.
Workforce Development Committee, Wausau/Marathon County Chamber of Commerce, 2001-02.
State Higher Education Executive Officers Committee on the Midwestern Higher Education Commission Services, 2001-03.
Boy Scouts of America in Wisconsin: National Council, 2002-03; Nominating Committee, 2002-03, and Finance Study Chair for 2000-05 Strategic Planning, 1999-2000, Samoset Council, Wisconsin; Volunteer Resource Committee Chair, 1999, and Exploring Chair, 1998, Mushkodany District, Samoset Council.
Workshop on Exploring the Concept of Undergraduate Research Centers, National Science Foundation, 2003.
Stevens Point Area YMCA: Co-Chair, Strong Kids Campaign, 2003; Chair, Finance Committee, 2002-03.
Chair, American Heart Walk, Portage and South Wood Counties, Wisconsin, 2003.
Council of Presidents, Great Lakes Valley Conference (Athletics), 2003-.
Missouri Council on Public Higher Education, 2003-.
Steering Committee, St. Louis Regional Competitiveness Initiative, 2004-05.
Strategic Vision Advisory Committee, St. Louis Zoo, 2005.
Task Force on Mathematics and Science Enrollments, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, 2005-06.
Chair, Policy Research Advisory Committee, Midwestern Higher Education Compact, 2006-09 (member, 2005-09).
Chair, Plant and Life Science Network, Regional Chamber and Growth Association, 2007.
Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri: Board Development Committee, 2007-10; Nominating Committee, 2005.
St. Louis Public Schools Advisory Council for Creating the Best Choice in Urban Education, 2007.
Missouri Botanical Garden: Science and Conservation Committee, 2007-10; Awards Committee, 2007-09; Butterfly House Advisory Committee, 2007-08.
Christian Hospital, St. Louis: Community Relations Committee, 2009-13; Joint Conference Committee, 2004-13; Finance Committee, 2004-.
Federal Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources, National Science Foundation, 2009-12.
Chair, Advisory Committee on the "Closing the Gap Initiative," Midwestern Higher Education Compact and National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, 2009.
Science and Leadership Committee, St. Louis Science Center, 2010-11.
Chair, Committee of Visitors, Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education and Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program, National Science Foundation, 2011.
Planning Committee, Cortex Innovation Community, 2011-.
United Way of Greater St. Louis: Chair, Education Division Campaigns, 2005,06,12-14; Chair, University and Colleges Section, Campaign, 2004.
Boy Scouts of America, St. Louis Area Council: Chair, Youth Council, 2014-; Chair, Membership Section, Strategic Plan Committee, 2012; Chair, Special Needs Scouting, 2010-14; Chair, Learning for Life Committee, 2006-09.
Executive Committee, Coalition of Urban and Metro Universities, 2012-.
Grand Center Governance Committee, 2012-.
Chair, Education Committee, St. Louis Science Center, 2013-.
Project Clear Stakeholder Engagement Committee, Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, 2013-.
Education Committee, Beyond Housing, 2013-.
Great Streets Natural Bridge Community Development Corporation, 2013-.
YMCA of Greater St. Louis: Metropolitan Child Care Executive Committee, 2014-; Chair, International Committee, 2009-10 (member, 2005-14).
Strategic Direction Task Force, Incarnate Word Academy, 2014-15.
Job Readiness Task Force for Missouri, 2015.
(In addition to the above, there are various local committees associated with university appointments at Rochester, Buffalo, Washington, Wisconsin and Missouri.)
Conference Administrative Responsibilities:
Organizer, National Science Foundation Workshop on Theoretical Aspects of Laser Radiation and Its Interaction with Atomic and Molecular Systems, Rochester, New York, 1977.
Vice-Chair, VIth International Conference on Molecular Energy Transfer, Rodez, France, 1979.
Chair, Gordon Research Conference on Molecular Energy Transfer, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, 1981.
Program Committee, 4th-6th International Conferences on Lasers and Applications, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1981,82, and San Francisco, California, 1983.
Committee of the Symposium on Recent Advances in Surface Science, Rochester Section of the American Chemical Society, Rochester, New York, 1982.
Program Committee, International Laser Science Conference, Dallas, Texas, 1985.
Organizer, Symposium on Laser-Induced Molecular Excitation/Photofragmentation, March Meeting of the American Physical Society, New York, New York, 1987.
Program Chair, Division of Physical Chemistry Symposia, 193rd American Chemical Society National Meeting, Denver, Colorado, 1987.
Program Chair, Division of Physical Chemistry Symposia, 194th American Chemical Society National Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1987.
Program Committee, Second Annual Conference on Superconductivity and Applications, Buffalo, New York, 1988.
Co-Organizer, Symposium on Physical Chemistry of High-Temperature Superconductors, 196th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Los Angeles, California, 1988.
Co-Organizer, Symposium on High-Temperature Superconductors, Materials Research Society Meeting on Frontiers in Materials: Advanced Ceramics, Alfred, New York, 1988.
Chair, Symposium on Photochemistry in Thin Films, Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers OE/LASE '89, Los Angeles, California, 1989.
International Program Advisory Committee, International School on Lasers and Applications, Sayanogorsk, East Siberia, USSR, 1989.
Co-Author, Centerpiece Paper for the Governor's Conference on Science and Engineering Education, Research and Development: Developing New York State's Action Plan for the 1990's, Albany, New York, 1989.
International Advisory Committee, Xth International Vavilov Conference on Nonlinear Optics, Novosibirsk, West Siberia, USSR, 1990.
American Coordinator, Information Exchange Seminar on Theoretical Approaches to Energy Transfer and Photochemical Processes, United States-Japan Cooperative Research Program on Photoconversion and Photosynthesis, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1990.
Program Committee, International Workshop on Quantum Nonlinear Phenomena in Optics and Condensed Matter, Dubna, Russia, 1993.
International Advisory Board, International Conference on Advanced Laser Technologies, Moscow, Russia, 1992 and Konstanz, Germany, 1994.
Co-Organizer, Northwest Academic Forum 1994 and 1995 Annual Meetings, Portland, Oregon, 1994,95.
Program Committee, Optical Society of America Topical Meeting on Radiative Processes and Dephasing in Semiconductors, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, 1998.
Scientific Committee, Sixth Brijuni International Conference on Interdisciplinary Topics in Physics and Chemistry: End of Century State of Science, Brijuni Isles, Croatia, 1998.
Super-Regional Steering Committee, Wisconsin Economic Summit I, 2000.
Chair, Central Wisconsin Regional Task Force, Wisconsin Economic Summits I and II, 2000,01.
Program Committee, Conference 3: Nanotechnology, International Symposium on Microtechnologies for the New Millennium, Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, Gran Canaria, Spain, 2003.
Planning Committee, Missouri Governor’s Higher Education Conference, 2004.
International Advisory Committee, 9th International Conference on Squeezed States and Uncertainty Relations, Besançon, France, 2005.
Chair, St. Louis Local Committee, 2006 American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri, 2005-06.
(In addition to the above, session chair or panelist at 60 conferences.)
Experience in all aspects of teaching at the undergraduate level (with course enrollments ranging as high as 750 students), the graduate level (including supervision of master’s and doctoral students), and other settings such as Elderhostel, both as a faculty member and as an administrator; introduced the use of computers into pedagogy as early as the 1970s for a non-majors course in physical chemistry with the help of funding from the Dreyfus Foundation; established Virtual WSU while serving as provost at Washington State University, which was a university-wide effort to utilize technology to enhance teaching and learning; as chancellor at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, worked with the university community to develop a strategic plan for which technology-enhanced learning was a key theme, and organized a technology summit which evolved into an annual teaching conference between the fall and spring semesters, attracting participants from around the state; co-principal investigator on a grant from the National Science Foundation (2003-05) to develop a sophomore-level course and textbook on nanotechnology; with the help of funding funding from the St. Louis Institute of Nanomedicine (2009-11), developed a collaboration with Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley for introducing nanomedicine into the undergraduate curriculum.
Theory of laser-induced chemical/materials physics, nonlinear optics, molecular collision dynamics, chemical reactions, energy transfer, molecular clusters/nanostructures, fractals, surface and solid-state chemistry/physics, high-temperature superconductivity, polymers, nanoscience and nanomedicine.
760 papers; 5 textbooks on various aspects of quantum/classical mechanics and chemical/materials/optical/nanophysics; 18 edited books/volumes; 225 conference abstracts; various other writings, such as book reviews, technical reports and general interest articles in local university publications.
Since 1972, grants/contracts from the American Chemical Society-Petroleum Research Fund, National Science Foundation, Research Corporation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation, National Resource for Computation in Chemistry, Office of Naval Research, Army Research Office, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, New York State Institute on Superconductivity and North Atlantic Treaty Organization; 583 service units of computer time at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and Cornell National Supercomputer Facility. Three sample recent grants are from the following: (1) National Science Foundation for studies of ultrafast phase changes in semiconductors (with scientists in Hungary); (2) Army Research Office for studies of diamond-like and self-assembling organic nanostructures; and (3) North Atlantic Treaty Organization for studies of rapid-detection sensors (with scientists in Romania).
Co-owner (1990-2009) of Vivace Press, a music publishing company which specializes in women and underrepresented composers.
Philadelphia, New Haven and Boston areas, 1964-70: Substitute church organist.
Western New York, 1978-91: Solo jazz keyboardist and leader of a combo appearing in local restaurants/lounges and university/community events in Rochester, Buffalo and elsewhere in Western New York; classical piano accompanist for various church choirs; arranger and accompanist for cabaret shows; performer on radio and television; accompanist on a locally-produced choir album; guest lecturer/performer for a class in the Department of Music at the State University of New York at Buffalo; performer in concert with Russian and Armenian jazz musicians in Krasnoyarsk, East Siberia, 1990.
Washington, 1991-96: Performer at receptions and various university/community events (recruitment, fund-raising, etc.) in Pullman, Spokane and Seattle; performer in concert with the WSU Jazz Big Band; featured performer on several KWSU television shows in the series "Palouse Performance" with repeated showings and webcasting years later; member of different jazz combos appearing on campus and in local restaurants/lounges; performer and choir accompanist in local churches; lecturer/performer in Elderhostel and guest lecturer/performer for a class in the School of Music and Theatre Arts at Washington State University; arranger and performer in a duo with a trumpeter/flügelhornist on a compact disc entitled Close Your Eyes: Women Jazz Composers (Label: Hester Park, 1995) - for excerpts from reviews, see Selected Critical Acclaim, and for a sample complete review see Review of Musical CD.
Wisconsin, 1996-2003: Performer as soloist and with combos/ensembles (including singers) and bands at receptions and events at the University and throughout the state; performer with vocal jazz ensembles at the Stevens Point Area Senior High School; performer in musical plays; local airing on radio and television; performer and choir accompanist for local churches; accompanist for a classical violinist for the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth; performer in a class under the auspices of Elderhostel; performer in local restaurants/lounges; guest appearance in the Madison Music Collective Series.
Missouri, 2003-: Performer as soloist and with combos/ensembles (including singers) throughout the St. Louis community, the state and at the university, including the University Jazz Ensemble; live performances on local television and radio; guest appearance with the Maynard Ferguson Band; soloist with high-school and other bands at the Missouri Music Educators' Association Annual Conference; performer in local restaurants and churches; performer/arranger at the following: Sheldon Concert Hall, Finale, Jazz at the Bistro, Black Cat Theatre, Gaslight Theatre, Kranzberg Arts Center, New Jewish Theatre, St. Louis Country Club, Touhill Performing Arts Center, Powell Hall, University of Missouri (in both Columbia and St. Louis), St. Louis Jazz & Heritage Festival, St. Louis Route 66 Festival, Normandy Jazz Festival, Art in the Park in Belleville, Illinois, Jacoby Arts Center in Alton, Illinois, University of Arkansas, Nanjing University and Northwestern Polytechnical University in China, city of Szeged in Hungary, West University of Timisoara in Romania, Gulf University for Science and Technology in Kuwait, University of Sarajevo in Bosnia, University of Dubrovnik in Croatia, and the Cultural Club in Muscat, Oman; key organizer and performer on a compact disc entitled Chancellor Tom George and Friends Present “Love from St. Louis” (University of Missouri–St. Louis, 2007); keyboard performer in 2009 for the following: (1) two tracks on a locally-produced gospel/blues/jazz CD entitled Down by the Riverside and (2) a track on a compact disc entitled Vocal Music – Music of Barbara Harbach, Volume 5 (MSR Classics 1256, Newton, Connecticut).
Married since 1970 to Dr. Barbara Harbach – Curators' Professor of music and director of women in the arts, University of Missouri–St. Louis (formerly professor of music, Washington State University, and associate professor of mathematics and computing, University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, specializing in web and digital media development); harpsichordist, organist, recording artist and composer; senior editor of WomenArts Quarterly Journal and co-owner (1990-2009) of Vivace Press; B.A., Pennsylvania State University; M.M.A., Yale University; D.M.A., Eastman School of Music; konzertdiplom, Musikhochschule, Frankfurt, Germany; honorary doctorate in music (honoris causa), Wilmington College, Ohio.
The University of Missouri–St. Louis (UMSL) is comprised of 17,000 students, 1,500 faculty and 1,000 staff, with an annual operating budget of $200 million plus capital construction. In addition, $125 million of new capital construction and landscaping on campus is taking place during 2014-16. There are seven colleges - arts and sciences, business administration, education, fine arts and communication, honors, nursing and optometry – with 54 baccalaureate programs, 37 master’s degree programs, 14 doctoral programs and 1 professional program (optometry). As part of the overall land-grant mission for the University of Missouri System, UMSL has an active continuing education and outreach unit, including University Extension. In addition to the main campus (470 acres) in St. Louis County, UMSL conducts programs at various community college sites.
Under Dr. George’s leadership as chancellor, the UMSL campus has been making significant progress:
- UMSL received full reaccreditation for ten years (2009-18) from the Higher Learning Commission without the requirement of any additional reports/visits (only 5% of all institutions receive this unqualified reaccreditation).
- Undergraduate international business program ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the top twenty in the nation since 2004, and as high as 8th in 2007.
- Doctoral program in criminology and criminal justice ranked 4th in the nation since 2006 by U.S. News & World Report.
- Master's of science in nursing ranked in the top 15% of graduate nursing programs in the nation in the 2013 edition of Best Graduate Schools published by U.S. News & World Report.
- Master's of arts in philosophy ranked in the top eight in the country by Philosophical Gourmet in 2008-11.
- UMSL ranked 1st in Missouri and 15th nationally in 2015 in productivity for universities with “high research activity” according to the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index of Academic Analytics; and among all universities, Counselor Education ranked 5th, Criminology and Criminal Justice 6th, Clinical Psychology 10th, Psychology 11th, Information Systems (Business) 13th, Social Work 17th and Communication 19th.
- Department of Communication ranked in 2005 as one of the top five research departments in the discipline by the Journal of Communication.
- College of Business Administration listed by The Princeton Review in 2009 as one of 15 graduate schools of business in the operations category of "Student Opinion Honors for Business Schools," and overall in 2009-11 as one of the "The Best 300 Business Schools."
- UMSL and Express Scripts, Inc. (ESI) jointly received the Creative Deal of the Year Award from the St. Louis Association of Realtors and the Outstanding Development Award from North County Inc. due to the relocation of the ESI headquarters to the UMSL campus.
- Record number of degrees (over 3100) awarded in 2010-11.
- Record total headcount enrollment of 17,000 in 2014.
- UMSL ranked in the top 25 (14th) colleges and universities in the country by “Saviors of Our Cities: 2009 Survey of College and University Civic Partnerships.
- UMSL ranked number one in 2010 among public research institutions by the Education Trust for closing its graduation rate gap between African American/Hispanic/Native American students and their Caucasian/Asian counterparts based on data for 2002-07.
- UMSL selected for the 2010 Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
- UMSL ranked first in 2013 in the state of Missouri (and 34th nationally) for best online bachelor’s programs and second nationally in 2015 for online bachelor’s programs with the highest six-year completion rates by U.S. News and World Report.
Made strides in planning and shared governance:
- In collaboration with the university community and external support groups, wrote an Action Plan for 2004-08 with five prioritized directions, each with associated goals: (1) undergraduate and graduate/professional education; (2) diversity; (3) research, scholarship and creativity; (4) civic engagement and economic/social development; and (5) financial resources.
- Established an annual assessment of the plan’s progress with the University Assembly Budget and Planning Committee, with appropriate adjustments in the goals.
- Ensured planning processes in the various academic and support units in sync with the Action Plan.
- Established an effective process of shared governance on campus through the University Assembly, Faculty Senate, Staff Association and Student Government Association.
- Opened the decision-making process to the campus, with extensive input through organized channels, in order to achieve buy-in and support for budgets and programs.
- Continued with two successive plans (2008-12 and 2013-18).
Made substantial progress in securing operating and capital construction funds from the state:
- In collaboration with the campus and external constituency groups, successfully addressed a long-standing, unresolved problem of an unequal distribution of state funds to UMSL: through the help of key legislators and the UM System, increased the overall annual state operating budget by $8.6 million (in addition to across-the-board adjustments to higher education) by a series of increments during the time period from FY05 to FY09.
- Received an ongoing annual allocation of $300,000 from the state to establish the Center for Ethics in Public Life.
- Secured $10 million from the state as a match to another $10 million raised privately to construct a new building for the College of Business Administration.
Strengthened substantially the overall area of advancement:
- Reorganized the development effort by establishing a vice chancellorship for advancement and successfully recruiting an outstanding person to that position.
- Under the auspices of the new advancement office, increased the annual fund-raising level from $7 million to $31 million.
- Launched the university’s first comprehensive capital campaign (2005-12), which met its initial goal of $100 million in 2010, two years ahead of schedule, and was ultimately completed at a level of $154 million by 2012.
Fostered interinstitutional and international programs:
- Exclusive academic partner with St. Louis Community College for their fourth campus built in Wildwood (West St. Louis County) where the population is expanding.
- Established an international MBA joint degree program with Nanjing University in China, which has since expanded to other universities (University of Vienna in Austria, Kyoto University in Japan and Park Global School of Business Excellence in India).
- Formed an agreement with PT PLN (Persero), an Indonesian electric company, for UMSL to provide training to management-level employees.
- Established a collaborative master’s degree program in education with Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis.
- Established an educational partnership with Logan College of Chiropractic for students to work simultaneously on a baccalaureate degree in biology at UMSL and a doctor of chiropractic degree at Logan.
- Established a cooperative master’s of arts degree in history with Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) with support by a $1 million grant to MSSU from the U.S. Department of Education.
- Established a dual admission transfer program with St. Louis Community College and Southwestern Illinois College.
- Launched two new charter schools: St. Louis Language Immersion School and Grand Community School.
- Established a partnership with the Missouri Institute of Mental Health for UMSL to manage the institute's human resources (90 employees), grants and contracts ($6 million) and related resources such as the library.
- Established the China Chapter of the Alumni Association in Beijing, with branches in Nanjing and Shanghai.
- Established the Partners Program with the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences–College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCUMB-COM) enabling students to complete their baccalaureate degree and doctor of osteopathic medicine degree in seven years instead of eight.
- Established a three-university cooperative MBA degree with Seinäjoki University in Finland and Aschaffenburg University in Germany.
- Led the merger of the St. Louis Beacon (online newspaper) with St. Louis Public Radio (the university’s NPR station) in partnership with UMSL’s College of Fine Arts and Communication and the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism.
Promoted research and external funding:
- Increased the annual level of external funding by 50%.
- Helped secure the university’s largest grant, $13 million from the U.S. Department of Education matched by $13 million from the St. Louis region, for a six-year project called GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs).
- Helped secure $155,000 from the Murdock Charitable Trust (Vancouver, Washington) to the John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library.
- Established a UMSL chapter of Sigma Xi, the national scientific research society.
- Recruited a new director and associate director of the Center for Nanoscience with additional investments to help make the center more robust.
Contributed to economic development in the region:
- Established the Business, Technology and Research Park on campus with the headquarters of Express Scripts, Inc. (ESI) as the first anchor tenant. ESI, currently a Fortune 20 company with annual sales of $116 billion in 2011, issued an RFP that was responded to by various regional entities and other states to relocate their headquarters, including the corporate offices and IT operation, and UMSL was eventually chosen as their new site. The overall process for establishing the new $80 million ESI building complex, housing 2,600 employees, involved extensive negotiations with the county, state and developer, including real estate transactions and tax credits/incentives in various forms, such as a new $10 million road and $5 million of clean-up of waste in the ground. This has served as a model to the country as a unique, new kind of university-industry partnership and appeared in the national media, such as an interview with the chancellor on CNBC television and an article in the Wall Street Journal.
- Established near campus an information technology/biotechnology incubator called Innovative Technology Enterprises with the help of grants totaling $1 million from the Small Business Administration (federal) and $500,000 from the Ameren Community Development Corporation (private), and an additional $1 million from the governor and state legislature. The facility contains a high-performance computing center and space for small companies.
- Fostered the success of Stereotaxis, located within the Center for Emerging Technologies managed by UMSL, to become the region’s first life-sciences startup to file for IPO (initial public offering) and graduate from the center to a new permanent location.
Encouraged timely progress in the curriculum and degree programs:
- Established new baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in biochemistry & biotechnology offered cooperatively by the Department of Biology and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
- Established the new Winter Intersession between the fall and spring semesters.
- Launched a new Doctor of Nursing Practice Program with the help of $890,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Worked on issues of equity and diversity:
- Created the Chancellor's Cultural Diversity Council, the Task Force on Gender Issues and the Equal Opportunity Advisory Council which have made important recommendations (that in turn have been implemented) for enhancing diversity and equal opportunity on campus.
- Increased diversity in the student body (32% are listed as minorities), including the percentage of African Americans from 16% to 21%.
- Established diversity in the faculty ranks as a priority. Two examples are: (1) A record number of seven African American faculty were tenured/promoted in a single year. (2) In 2009, Diverse Issues in Higher Education reported that women comprising 58.5% of the faculty on tenure track at UMSL was one of the highest percentages for a doctoral institution in the nation.
- Established a program with Vashon High School where a group of seniors, nearly all African American, spend their final semester on the UMSL campus, taking both Vashon and UMSL courses. As a result, the number of graduating Vashon students receiving acceptance letters to two- and four-year colleges quadrupled.
- Worked to enhance diversity in the surrounding community as well as the university, as recognized by the Outstanding Community Service Award from the St. Louis Branch of NAACP and the Distinguished Higher Education Award from the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Missouri State Celebration Commission.
- Facilitated the relocation of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis to the UMSL campus for a several-year period, including the establishment of the Hispanic Student Chamber of Commerce.
- UMSL received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award in both 2013 and 2014 from Insight Into Diversity (magazine).
Improved and created new facilities and grounds both on and off campus:
- Placed the operation of the new Performing Arts Center on firm financial footing as a resource to the university and outside community, including bringing the St. Louis Symphony there several times a year and becoming the exclusive performance venue for Dance St. Louis.
- Built the first residence hall on campus with 430 beds and other amenities, like a swimming pool. Together with the apartment complexes on campus, this brings the number of beds to 1,500.
- Established an environmental task force of campus and community people to improve energy efficiency in buildings, enhance recycling and promote health and safety. In connection with this, a project to install solar panels on the athletics building was launched in partnership with Express Scripts, Inc.
- Launched a $20-million project to enhance Natural Bridge Road (running through the middle of campus) in partnership with the East-West Gateway Council of Governments, Missouri Department of Transportation, city of Normandy, North County Incorporated and the Great Rivers Greenway District.
- Worked with the Great Rivers Greenway District to invest $650,000 to construct a pedestrian/cyclist trail through campus as part of a much larger trail in the region.
- Through creative financing with a developer and new market tax credits, established a new presence (building) for UMSL in Grand Center (the performing arts district of the city of St. Louis), including academic activities and the university’s NPR station, St. Louis Public Radio 90.7 KWMU. Also in connection with the radio station, Quincy University’s public radio station WQUB was acquired, thus extending the reach of KWMU to Quincy, Illinois and northeastern Missouri.
- Worked with the students and others on a successful referendum for a new $36-million recreation and wellness center to be funded from increased student fees.
- Worked with the campus to secure bond payments to build a $30-million science learning building.
- Worked with the College of Optometry to establish funding for a new $17-million building for clinical training.
- Helped raise $20 million for a new building complex for the College of Business Administration, and launched the first phase of construction with the help of a $10 million match from the state.
- Through a private donation, purchased the 118-acre Normandie Golf Course located next to campus to increase the campus size by a third.
Increased the campus commitment to athletics:
- Played a key role in leading the effort to expand the Great Lakes Valley Conference from eleven to fourteen teams, adding Missouri University of Science and Technology, Drury University and Rockhurst University (the conference subsequently has expanded to seventeen teams).
- Appointed an athletics task force to examine various issues including administrative structure, resources, scholarships and NCAA Division II status. Subsequently, significant changes were made, such as in the lines of reporting for athletics and its budget (which was increased).
- Added men's and women's swimming teams to intercollegiate competition.
- Worked to ensure the success of athletics in all areas at UMSL. An example in non-NCAA competition is the 2009 Division I championship of the National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association.
Embarked on various student initiatives:
- Established Student Retention Services to focus especially on students in academic jeopardy.
- Established the Math Technology Learning Center designed for students to learn at different paces and in different fashions – its success was highlighted in the Winter 2007 issue of the Lumina Foundation Focus.
- Accommodated 75 students from Louisiana universities affected by Hurricane Katrina, offering special tuition waivers and other help.
- To complement the existing National Public Radio station on campus, established “The U,” a new student radio station, with a budget, new studios on campus, web broadcasting (www.umslradio.com) and participation of over fifty students.
- Fostered the program called STARS (Students and Teachers As Research Scientists), including the acquisition of funding from Pfizer and Solutia, to encourage interest in K-12 in science and engineering.
- Established various Exploring posts (Learning for Life, Boy Scouts of America) – one each in the College of Nursing, Honors College (in connection with environmental studies), College of Business Administration, Innovative Technology Enterprises (an information technology incubator) and Center for Nanoscience.
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP), in the 2001-03 biennium, had 8,500 students and 1,000 faculty and staff, with an annual operating budget of $119 million plus a capital construction budget which reached $26 million.
Highlights during Chancellor George's tenure include:
- Earned the maximum ten-year reaccreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and schools in 1998.
- From 2000 to 2004, UWSP appeared among the top six in the first tier of Midwestern comprehensive public universities as ranked by U.S. News & World Report, reaching as high as fourth in the rankings for 2002.
- With the support of the university community and external support groups, established two strategic directions in 2002: student-centered excellence and partnerships.
- Secured approval from the Governor, the state Building Commission, and the Legislature for $25 million toward a total of $26 million needed to remodel and expand the Fine Arts Center in the 2001-03 biennium, with the remaining $1 million to come from private sources.
- Received from the state Legislature in 2001-03 the largest biennial increase in the operating budget in the history of the university.
- Encouraged the faculty and staff to secure extramural grants, reaching an all-time high of $8.8 million in 2002
- Athletics excelled in all areas of UWSP. For example, at the national level: the women's fastpitch softball team and basketball team won the NCAA Division III National Championship in 1998 and 2002, respectively; the men's ice hockey team took runner-up in 2998; the women's soccer team made it to the Final Four in 2000; and the men's wrestling team placed third in 2003. In addition, the academic performances of both the women and men atheletes in terms of grade point averages ranked among the highest in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Made great strides in the overall area of advancement:
- Established the new Office of University Advancement and saw annual giving through the UWSP Foundation increase by 300%.
- Worked with the foundation executive director, provost and deans to create new development/marketing positions in each of the four colleges.
- Developed a one-year mini-campaign called the Laird Legacy Campaign, chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State, Lawrence S. Eagleburger, to build the university's first $1 million endowment with the help of substantial contributions from former U.S. Secretary of Defense, Melvin R. Laird.
- Secured the university's first single $1 million gift to augment the $25 million received from the state for the remodeling and expansion of the Fine Arts Center.
- Following the above, secured a $2 million gift for three student scholarship programs.
- Secured a $2.5 million gift to establish a center for entrepreneurship and enhance offerings in business ethics in the Division of Business and Economics.
- Launched a communication plan with the help of a private marketing firm to enhance the image of the university.
- Helped secure Ministry Health Care Services as a corporate sponsor for the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference of which UWSP is a member.
Promoted the role of technology on campus:
- Through the Foundation and Academic Affairs, created a Learning Technology Advisory Team made up of leaders from industry in computer information technology in order to advise the university on how best to prepare students in the rapidly-changing world of technology.
- Reorganized Information Technology and created a Technology Coordinating Council to better serve the university. After two years of successful operation, the Council was replaced by the new University Technology Committee of the Faculty Senate.
- Created new College Technology Support positions, each split between a college and Information Technology, to directly address technology needs of faculty and staff.
Launched the Central Wisconsin Idea designed to strengthen the economy and workforce of the region:
- Developed new partnerships throughout Stevens Point, Wausau, Marshfield, Wisconsin Rapids and Waupaca among education institutions (K-12 and post-secondary), local governments/municipalities, chambers of commerce, private industry, and foundations.
- Established a forum for interaction and cooperation among thirteen counties through the creation of the Central Wisconsin Task Force in connection with the Wisconsin Economic Summit.
- With funding from the state and federal governments and a private foundation, and in cooperation with the Portage County Business Council and Mid-State Technical College, initiated the development of the Wisconsin Learning Center, which included the construction of a distance education facility at the Portage County Business Park. In connection with this, made an invited presentation at the 14th Annual International Conference of the Association of University Related Research Parks in Madison, Wisconsin
- Helped lead a cooperative effort between UWSP and Mid-State Technical College to prepare and present a successfully-funded proposal to Stora Enso North America to manage the development and training of their 5,800 employees in the midwest region stretching from Duluth, Minnesota to central and eastern Wisconsin.
- Helped lead the development of the New Economy Workforce Coalition in Wausau/Marathon County with initial funding from Liberty Mutual and the Judd Alexander Foundation, designed to enhance business-education partnerships which ensure that workers in north-central Wisconsin have appropriate technological skills and education.
Realized substantial benefits in the institution's premier natural resources mission unit:
- Secured $2.15 million with the assistance of Congressman David R. Obey as part of a federal omnibus appropriations bill to fund the College of Natural Resources for technology-enhanced learning in the natural environment.
- Worked with Congressman David R. Obey's office to establish the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's first ever National Environmental Education Training Program at the College of Natural Resources at a funding level of $6 million for three years.
- Developed, through the state Legislature, the Geoscience Registry Bill which enables hydrology and soil science students at UWSP to be certified to practice in their fields.
- Secured, through the UW System and various state groups, an annual entitlement appropriation of U.S. Department of Agriculture McIntire-Stennis funds for forestry research.
- Established a pilot project on land information and spatial systems analysis with funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
- Established the Land Use Education Center and the Watersheds Center with financial help from the state's Department of Natural Resources.
- Designated the Global Environmental Management (GEM) Education Center, with initial funding of $1 million for the center’s watershed program from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and $2 million for the land-use program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the help of Congressman David R. Obey and U.S. Senator Herbert H. Kohl, plus another $2 million for the rural leadership and community development program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the help of Congressman Obey.
Instituted a series of interinstitutional and cooperative agreements:
- Formed cooperative ties with Soonchunhyang and Soongsil Universities in Korea.
- Approved a dual baccalaureate degree in computer science with Otto-von-Guericke-Universität-Magdeburg in Germany.
- Helped establish collaborative four-year baccalaureate UWSP degree programs in business administration and general studies at the UW two-year campuses in Wausau, Marshfield and Marinette using long-distance audio/video telecommunication, and added a receiving site at Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids.
Worked with the curriculum and advising:
- Launched a new Winterim period of study between the fall and spring semesters.
- Established a new Office of Student Retention/Success for improving the overall retention rate of students.
- Led the development of a four-year graduation agreement (with enhanced student advising) for which students have the option of signing up during their first year at UWSP.
- Helped the development of a Technology and New Media Arts minor, led by faculty from Communication, Art & Design, Music and Theatre & Dance.
- Secured funding from the state in the 2001-03 biennial budget to develop the Web and Digital Media Design major housed in the Department of Mathematics & Computing.
Worked on issues of equity and diversity:
- Hosted a series of campuswide diversity think tanks and completed a ten-year plan for enhancing campus diversity.
- Secured outside funding to launch a course in 1999 entitled "Ethnic Diversity in Wisconsin" which was also videotaped for airing on television throughout the state.
- Established the Committee on the Status of Women.
- Encouraged the development of internships for diversity doctoral students from UW-Milwaukee and Howard University as part of a national program of the Council of Graduate Schools called Preparing Future Faculty, with a goal of their possible appointment to the UWSP faculty.
- Worked with the Director of Equity and Affirmative Action to institute a mentoring program (by faculty and staff) for all minority students during their first two years at UWSP.
- Established a domestic partner policy and procedure in cooperation with Personnel Services.
Instituted programs in faculty and staff development:
- Worked with women faculty and staff to institute activities and programs, under the umbrella of the Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership effort, designed to provide opportunities for women to develop leadership skills in academea.
- Established a Teacher/Scholar Residence Program providing release time to selected faculty to pursue research and scholarship.
- Helped facilitate the development of a project called LIFE (Learning is For Ever) under the auspices of Elderhostel, whereby retired faculty and others teach each other across a wide variety of disciplines.
- Initiated the development of a classified staff mentoring program.
- Initiated projects with faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Department of Physics and Astronomy resulting in grants from the National Science Foundation for (1) developing a sophomore-level course in nanotechnology and (2) carrying out research on semiconductors in collaboration with scientists in Hungary.
- Organized a campus-wide Technology Summit between the fall and spring semesters which evolved into an annual Teaching Conference, attracting faculty, staff and students across campus and the state.
- Congressional grant of $500,000 awarded from the U.S. Department of Education to UWSP and UW-Marathon County through the efforts of Congressman David R. Obey for the Faculty Alliance for Creating and Expanding Teaching Strategies.
Embarked on various student initiatives:
- Worked with the Student Government Association to achieve a large increase in the percentage of students registering to vote and, in turn, voting in local, state and national elections; was authorized by the Stevens Point City Clerk as a special registration deputy.
- Worked with a group of upper-division undergraduate students to establish a charter on campus for a local chapter (called a circle) of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa.
- Worked with a group of students and faculty to institute the UWSP Young Poets Project whereby students teach reading and writing through poetry to young men (ages 13 to 17) sentenced to the Lincoln Hills School (correctional facility) in northern Wisconsin.
- Established the Chancellor's Excellence in Student Research Awards to encourage and fund attendance at state and national conferences.
- Established an online journal for undergraduate research.
Instituded new programs related to athletics:
- Helped establish a new baccalaureate degree program in Athletic Training in partnership with the Rice Clinic and St. Michael's Hospital in Stevens Point.
- Established Women's Ice Hockey as a varsity sport, with partial financing through the Student Government Association and concurrence with the Faculty Senate.
Worked in the University of Wisconsin System on various initiatives:
- Helped establish the WiSys Technology Foundation (appointed to the Board of Directors) as a subsidiary of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Fund to serve as the exclusive intellectual property management organization for UW System campuses other than UW-Madison and to provide services to patent, market and license inventions.
- Helped develop a federal relations strategy for UW System institutions other than UW-Madison (appointed to the Federal Relations Council).
- Helped launch the Academic Advanced Distributed Learning Co-Laboratory as a partnership among the University of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Technical College Systems and U.S. Department of Defense (appointed to the Co-Laboratory’s Commission).
Washington State University (WSU), the state's land-grant university, in 1996 had 19,000 students, 4,800 faculty-staff and 75 locations throughout the state including three branch campuses, the Agricultural Research Center, Cooperative Extension and the Small Business Development Center. During his tenure at WSU, Thomas George was instrumental in moving the campus forward.
Chaired the Executive Budget Committee overseeing an annual operating budget of over $400 million plus a biennial capital construction budget as high as $100 million.
Played a key role in fund-raising and securing external grants for the university:
- Helped secure major corporate gifts as part of a WSU Campaign for $250 million, most notably $7 million from Boeing.
- Served as main contact for a $1 million individual gift of the College of Liberal Arts.
- Helped increased annual external sponsored projects expenditures from $62 million in 1991 to $89 million in 1995 (and to $117 million with inclusion of federal Hatch dollars, state agricultural research appropriations, and funding from federal student programs).
- Coordinated the awarding of (state, federal, private) capital entities including: an $8 million growth wheat research facility; a $60 million veterinary medical hospital and animal disease biotechnology facility; a $26 million engineering teaching-research complex; and a $21 million building at the Tri-Cities branch campus to house the Hanford technical library collection.
Led WSU in planning activities:
- Drafted the university's academic vision statement.
- Led the campus in strategic planning, enrollment management, and the reorganization of units to accommodate two biennia of state-imposed budget reductions.
Initiated the use of teaching portfolios in all tenure-promotion dossiers.
Created the Staff Senate.
Played an active role in biennial budget submissions to the state:
- Drafted and presented the biennial budget requests to the Higher Education Coordinating Board, and defended their contents to the state's Office of Financial Management and Legislature.
- Led in coordinating the state's six four-year public institutions and community colleges to secure $42 million from the Legislature for upgrading the two-way digitized audio/video telecommunications system for delivering instruction statewide.
Secured approval for a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.
Worked with the Faculty Senate to establish a four-year baccalaureate degree guarantee for entering first-year students.
Carried out an administrative reorganization by eliminating two vice provost positions and creating a new vice provost for human relations and resources assigned to enhance personnel services and establish renewed commitment to diversity.
Took steps to enhance diversity at the campus:
- Worked with the vice provosts to increase the percentage of students of color from 9% in 1991 to 12% in 1995.
- Established a program for increasing the number of faculty of color.
- With the associate dean of the Graduate School, launched a mentoring program for junior faculty, with special emphasis on women and faculty of color.
Enhanced the teaching-learning environment through using technology to create Virtual WSU (in cooperation with the industrial partners Microsoft and Asymetrix).
At the State University of New York at Buffalo, highlights of Thomas George's six-year tenure as dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (FNSM) included working with the faculty and administration to launch new programs and increase external support:
- Increased the annual amount of external research funding from $6 million in 1985 to $13 million in 1991.
- Played an important role in establishing the New York State Institute on Superconductivity at the campus with a special $9 million state allocation.
- Assisted the University at Buffalo Foundation in establishing a new senior development officer post dedicated to the sciences, engineering and architecture. Worked with this officer on a $52 million university campaign.
- Established the Sciences Alumni Association, garnering increased involvement and support from alums.
- Led FNSM in planning and designing a new $72 million science building..
- Helped lead the establishment of interdisciplinary programs such as the Center for Electronic and Electro-Optic Materials, the Center for Protein Engineering and the Program in Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences.
- Played a central role in creating the Undergraduate College, including a new general education curriculum.
- As a member of the Board of Managers of the Buffalo Museum of Science, worked on curriculum development for a new elementary science magnet school attached to the Museum. This initiative included the preparation of a proposal funded by the Teacher Enhancement Program of the National Science Foundation.
- Helped set up a cooperative arrangement for faculty-student exchange with Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland.
- T. F. George (piano) and M. Kaupa (trumpet/flügelhorn), Close Your Eyes: Women Jazz Composers (Label: Hester Park, St. Louis, Missouri, 1995; Distributor: Albany Music Distributors, Albany, New York), 65 minutes.
- T. F. George (piano) and various instrumentalists and vocalists, Chancellor Tom George and Friends Present “Love from St. Louis” (University of Missouri–St. Louis, 2007), 61 minutes.
B. Harbach and T. F. George, “Were You There?” Vocal with keyboard accompaniment (Vivace Press, St. Louis, 2014 – vivacepress.com), 4 pages.
B. Harbach and T. F. George, “Were You There?” Organ solo (Vivace Press, St. Louis, 2014 – vivacepress.com), 3 pages.
- F. Battaglia and T. F. George, Notes in Classical and Quantum Physics (Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford, 1990), 280 pages [Italian translation: F. Battaglia, T. F. George and E. Gallicchio, Lezioni di Fisica Classica e Quantistica (Casa Editrice Dott. Antonio Milani, Padova, Italy, 1996)].
- F. Battaglia and T. F. George, Fundamentals in Chemical Physics (Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 1998), 326 pages.
- H. F. Arnoldus and T. F. George, Phase Conjugation in a Layer on Nonlinear Material (Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, New York, 2005), 124 pages [reprinted from H. F. Arnoldus and T. F. George, "Phase Conjugation in a Layer on Nonlinear Material," International Journal of Theoretical Physics, Group Theory and Nonlinear Optics 10, 285-369 (2003)].
- T. F. George, L. Braescu, A. M. Balint, L. Nánai and S. Balint, Microcomputer Modeling of Growth Processes of Single-Crystal Sheets and Fibers (Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, New York, 2007), 199 pages.
- L. Tilstra, S. A. Broughton, R. S. Tanke, D. Jelski, V. A. French, G. P. Zhang, A. K. Popov, A. B. Western and T. F. George, The Science of Nanotechnology: An Introductory Text (Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, New York, 2008), 185 pages.
- D. Jelski and T. F. George, Your Future Job: Building a Career in the New Normal (Plattekill Press, Modena, New York), in progress.
- R. R. Letfullin and T. F. George, Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology (Springer, New York), in progress with publishing agreement/contract signed by authors and Springer.
- A. K. Zhukov and T. F. George, The World of Quasiparticles (Springer, Heidelberg), in progress with publishing agreement/contract signed by authors and Springer.
- T. F. George, Editor, Theoretical Aspects of Laser Radiation and Its Interaction with Atomic and Molecular Systems, Report of a National Science Foundation Workshop (University of Rochester, Rochester, 1977), 53 pages.
- T. F. George, Guest Editor, January/February 1980 issue (Volume 19) of Optical Engineering featuring "Laser Applications to Chemistry," 112 pages.
- T. F. George, Feature Editor, February 1987 issue (Volume 4) of the Journal of the Optical Society of America, Part B, featuring "Laser-Induced Molecular Physics at Surfaces," 108 pages.
- T. F. George and M. Poliakoff, Guest Editors, February 1987 issue (Volume 43) of Spectrochimica Acta, Part A, Proceedings of the International Conference on "Chemistry by Infrared Lasers," 180 pages.
- D. L. Nelson and T. F. George, Editors, Chemistry of High-Temperature Superconductors (American Chemical Society, Washington, D.C., 1987), American Chemical Society Symposium Series, Volume 351, 340 pages (translated into Russian and printed in Russia).
- D. L. Nelson and T. F. George, Editors, Chemistry of High-Temperature Superconductors II (American Chemical Society, Washington, D.C., 1988), American Chemical Society Symposium Series, Volume 377, 349 pages.
- T. F. George, Editor, Photochemistry in Thin Films (Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, Bellingham, Washington, 1989), Proceedings of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, Volume 1056, 278 pages.
- D. A. Jelski and T. F. George, Editors, Computational Studies of New Materials (World Scientific Publishing Company, Singapore, 1999), 464 pages.
- V. A. Markel and T. F. George, Editors, Optics of Nanostructured Materials (John Wiley & Sons, New York, 2001), Lasers and Applications Series, 565 pages.
- H. F. Arnoldus and T. F. George, Editors, Theoretical Physics 2001 (Nova Science Publishers, Huntington, New York, 2002), Horizons in World Physics, Volume 238, 295 pages.
- T. F. George, X. Sun and G. P. Zhang, Editors, Modern Topics in Chemical Physics (Research Signpost, Trivandrum, India, 2002), 419 pages.
- T. F. George and H. F. Arnoldus, Editors, Theoretical Physics 2002, Part 1 (Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, New York, 2002), Horizons in World Physics, Volume 239, 231 pages.
- T. F. George and H. F. Arnoldus, Editors, Theoretical Physics 2002, Part 2 (Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, New York, 2002), Horizons in World Physics, Volume 243, 261 pages.
- G. A. Mansoori, T. F. George, L. Assoufid and G. P. Zhang, Editors, Molecular Building Blocks for Nanotechnology: From Diamondoids to Nanoscale Materials and Applications (Springer, New York, 2007), Topics in Applied Physics, Volume 109, 440 pages.
- H. F. Arnoldus and T. F. George, Editors, New Topics in Theoretical Physics (Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, New York, 2007), Horizons in World Physics, Volume 258, 89 pages.
- T. F. George, D. Jelski, R. R. Letfullin and G. P. Zhang, Editors, Computational Studies of New Materials II: From Ultrafast Processes and Nanostructures to Optoelectronics, Energy Storage and Nanomedicine (World Scientific, Singapore, 2011), 540 pages.
- T. F. George, R. R. Letfullin and G. P. Zhang, Editors, Perspectives in Theoretical Physics (Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, New York, 2011), 296 pages.
- T. F. George, R. R. Letfullin and G. P. Zhang, Editors, Theoretical Physics and Nonlinear Optics: Theories and Models (Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, New York, 2012), 253 pages.
T. F. George and D. H. Turner, General Chemistry Materials, 1985 Edition (Ginn Press, Lexington, Massachusetts, 1985), 457 pages.
- S. Li, L. Q. Zhuang and T. F. George, “Electric Field-Tuned Polymer Amplified Spontaneous Emission,” Journal of the Electrochemical Society 159, P29-34 (2012).
- K. Middleton, G. P. Zhang, M. R. Nichols and T. F. George, “A Comparative First-Principles Study of Structural and Electronic Properties of Memantine, Amantadine and Rimantadine,” Molecular Physics 110, 685-9 (2012).
- N. N. Yanyushkina, A. V. Zhukov, M. B. Belonenko and T. F. George, “Zitterbewegung in Thin Films of Topological Insulators with Hexagonal Lattice Irradiated by Terahertz Pulses,” Modern Physics Letters B26, 1250106/1-6 (2012).
- E. G. Federov, A. V. Zhukov, M. B. Belonenko and T. F. George, “2D Electromagnetic Breathers in Carbon Nanotubes,” European Physical Journal D: Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Plasma Physics 66, 219/1-5 (2012).
- S. Li, W. F. Jiang and T. F. George, “Self-Introduced Lattice Distortion, Invisible Cavity and Hidden Collective Behavior of a Polymeric Nanofiber Laser,” in Light-Emitting Diodes and Optoelectronics: New Research, edited by J. T. Hall and A. O. Koskinen (Nova Science Publishers, New York, 2012), pp. 195-207.
- R. A. Chen, C. Wang, S. Li and T. F. George, “Carrier-Collision-Induced Formation of Charged Excitons and Ultrafast Dynamics Fluorescence Spectra,” Journal of Physical Chemistry A 116, 12089-95 (2012).
- G. P. Zhang and T. F. George, “Proposed Coherent Trapping of a Population of Electrons in a C60 Molecule Induced by Laser Excitation,” Physical Review Letters 109, 257401/1-5 (2012).
- R. A. Chen, C. Wang, S. Li and T. F. George, “Electron Two-Transition-Induced Enhancement of Emission Efficiency in Polymer Light-Emitting Diodes,” Materials 6, 886-96 (2013).
- C. Wang, L. Q. Zhuang, R. A. Chen, S. Li and T. F. George, “Localization and Relaxation of Singlet Exciton Formation in Conjugated Polymers under Photoexcitation,” Journal of Physical Chemistry B 117, 3258-63 (2013).
- F. Battaglia and T. F. George, “Tensors: A Guide for Undergraduate Students,” American Journal of Physics 81, 498-511 (2013).
- G. P. Zhang and T. F. George, “Thermal or Nonthermal? That is the Question for Ultrafast Spin Switching in GdFeCo,” Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 25, 366002/1-7 (2013).
- L. Ge, S. Li, T. F. George and X. Sun, “A Model of Intrinsic Symmetry Breaking,” Physics Letters A 377, 2069-73 (2013).
- R. R. Letfullin and T. F. George, “Plasmonic Nanomaterials for Nanomedicine,” in Springer Handbook of Nanomaterials, edited by R. Vajtai (Springer-Verlag, Berlin-Heidelberg, 2013), pp. 1063-97.
- T. F. George and L. Braescu, “On the Impurity Distribution Induced by Surface Tension Gradients: Aluminum-Doped Silicon Cylindrical Bars Grown from a Melt by the EFG Method,” Proceedings of Materials Science & Technology 2013 (Montréal, Québec, 2013), pp. 2774-81.
- G. P. Zhang and T. F. George, “Laser-Induced Coherent Population Trapping in C60,” Physical Review A 88, 063808/1-8 (2013).
- Q. L. Ye, C. Wang, R. A. Chen, L. Q. Zhuang, S. Li and T. F. George “Strong Electric Field-Induced Quenching of Amplified Emission in a Polymer Light-Emitting Diode,” International Journal of Theoretical Physics, Group Theory and Nonlinear Optics 17, 121-31 (2013).
- R. R. Letfullin, C. E. W. Rice, T. F. George, M. Yaskarova and K. Murzagulova, “Nanoparticle Enhanced X-Ray Therapy of Cancer,” International Journal of Theoretical Physics, Group Theory and Nonlinear Optics 17, 133-45 (2013).
- J. H. Johnson, Jr. and T. F. George, “Public-Private Partnership, Entrepreneurship Strategy, and Regional Economic Development: A Case Study,” Metropolitan Universities: An International Forum 25, 5-38 (2014).
- A. V. Zhukov, R. Bouffanais, N. N. Konobeeva, M. B. Belonenko and T. F. George, “Influence of Multi-Level Impurities on the Dynamics of Ultrashort Electromagnetic Pulses in Carbon Nanotubes,” Europhysics Letters 106, 37005/1-5 (2014).
- A. V. Zhukov, R. Bouffanais, M. B. Belonenko, N. N. Konobeeva and T. F. George, “Few-Cycle Optical Pulses in a Thin Film of a Topological Insulator,” Optics Communications 329, 151-3 (2014).
- H. F. Arnoldus, F. Battaglia and T. F. George, "Photon Statistics of Resonance Fluorescence in the Limit of Separated Spectral Lines," Journal of Physical Chemistry A 118, 6514-20 (2014).
- R. R. Letfullin, C. E. W. Rice and T. F. George, “X-Ray Optics of Gold Nanoparticles,” Applied Optics 53, 7208-14 (2014) [Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics 9, Issue 13 (December 23, 2014)].
- B. Harbach, T. F. George and B. A. Lynerd, “Billie Holiday: Composer and Singer,” Journal of the International Alliance for Women in Music 20, 20-3 (2014).
- C. Wang, R. A. Chen, S. Li and T. F. George, “Deep Localized Distortion of Alternating Bonds and Reduced Transport of Charged Carriers in Conjugated Polymers under Photoexcitation,” Nanoscale 7, 479-86 (2015).
- R. A. Chen, D. Y. Jiang, S. Li and T. F. George, “Time-Dependent Spectra During Radiative Decay of Singlet Excitons in Conjugated Polymers,” Electrochemical Society Journal of Solid State Science and Technology 4, R60-5 (2015).
- R. R. Letfullin, A. R. Letfullin and T. F. George, “RF Heating of Nanoclusters for Cancer Therapy,” in Colloidal Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications X (Photonics West 2015: BiOS - NanoBiophotonics), edited by W. J. Parak, M. Osinski and X. J. Liang, Proceedings of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers 9338, 93381G/1-9 (2015).
- R. R. Letfullin, A. R. Letfullin and T. F. George, “Absorption Efficiency and Heating Kinetics of Nanoparticles in the RF Range for Selective Nanotherapy of Cancer,” Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine 11, 413-20 (2015).
- G. P. Zhang, M. S. Si and T. F. George, “Laser-Induced Ultrafast Demagnetization Time and Spin Moment in Ferromagnets: First-Principles Calculation,” Journal of Applied Physics 117, 17D706/1-4 (2015).
- G. P. Zhang, M. S. Si, Y. H. Bai and T. F. George, “Magnetic Spin moment Reduction in Photoexcited Ferromagnets Through Exchange Interaction Quenching: Beyond the Rigid Band Approximation” Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 27, 206003/1-7 (2015).
- A. V. Zhukov, R. Bouffanais, M. B. Belonenko, N. N. Konobeeva, Y. V. Nevzorova and T. F. George, “Two-Dimensional Extremely Short
Electromagnetic Pulses in a Bragg Medium with Carbon Nanotubes,” European Physical Journal D 69, 129/1-4 (2015).
- G. P. Zhang, H. P. Zhu, Y. H. Bai, J. Bonacum, X. S. Wu and T. F. George, “Imaging Superatomic Molecular Orbitals in a C60 Molecule Through Four 800-nm Photons,” International Journal of Modern Physics B, in press.
- R. R. Letfullin, A. R. Letfullin and T. F. George, “RF Activation of Nanoparticles for Selective Nanotherapy of Cancer,” International Journal of Theoretical Physics, Group Theory and Nonlinear Optics, in press.
- Li, H. G. Fung, T. F. George and H. Cai, “Asset Volatility in the Financial Market,” International Journal of Theoretical Physics, Group Theory and Nonlinear Optics, in press.
- T. F. George, “Maintaining a Personal Program of Research and Scholarship While Serving as President/Chancellor,” in Academic Leadership in Higher Education: From the Top Down and the Bottom Up, edited by R. J. Sternberg, E. Davis, A. C. Mason, R. V. Smith, J. S. Vitter and M. Wheatley (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Lanham, Maryland), in press.
(In addition to the above, a number of papers are under review by journals.)