October 9, 2002
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SRU PRESIDENT LAUDED FOR ADVANCEMENT OF
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- The American Association for the
Advancement of Science (AAAS) has elected Slippery Rock University
President Dr. G. Warren Smith to the rank of AAAS Fellow in
recognition of his “distinguished efforts on behalf of the
advancement of science and its applications.”
“Dr. Smith is being honored for his contributions to the
field of chemistry, for service to professional scientific and
higher education associations, and for academic leadership,
particularly as a university president,” said Alan Leshner,
chief executive officer of AAAS.
As president of Slippery Rock University since 1997, Smith has
provided leadership for major technological advances for the
campus. The university is ranked by Yahoo! among the top 150 in the
nation for Internet readiness, is building a new science and
technology building, and has strengthened its science-related
programs by organizing them into a new College of Health,
Environment and Science.
Prior to his presidencies at Southeastern Louisiana University
and at Slippery Rock University, Smith served as
professor and associate professor of chemistry at the University of
Alaska, Fairbanks; as an American Council on Education Fellow;
visiting professor and assistant professor of chemistry at Cornell
University; head of the department of chemistry and chemical
engineering at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks; and dean of the
School of Science and Technologies and professor of physical
sciences at the University of Houston, Clear Lake.
He is on the board of directors of the American Association of
University Administrators and holds membership in the American
Chemical Society, the American Council on Education, International
Association of University Presidents, American Association of
Higher Education, the Scientific Research Society of Sigma Xi, the
Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the National Speleological Society
and the Arctic Institute of North America, among others.
He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Grinnell
College in 1993 and from the State College (Pa.) Area High School
in 2001, and has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of
Chemistry and The Explorers Club.
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