ACS Board of Directors
The ACS Board of Directors, the Society's chief governing body, is chartered to "have, hold, and administer all the property, funds, and affairs of the Society." The Board is made up of 16 members:
- Six District Directors, elected by the membership of the region from which they are to serve;
- Six Directors-at-Large, elected by Councilors;
- The ACS President, President-Elect and Immediate Past President;
- The Executive Director of the Society
Diane Grob Schmidt, President
Diane G. Schmidt is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. She received an M.S. from the University of Tennessee, and a B.A. in chemistry from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati in Organic Chemistry. Immediately after finishing her Ph.D., she joined the Procter & Gamble Company (P&G), where she served as Section Head with responsibility for safety and regulatory affairs before retiring in 2014.
Tom Barton, Immediate Past President
Tom Barton is an emeritus distinguished professor of chemistry at Iowa State University. He received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry at the University of Florida in 1967 and worked as an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Ohio State before joining the Iowa State faculty in that same year. He has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 1963.
Donna J. Nelson, President-Elect
Donna J. Nelson is a professor of chemistry at the University of Oklahoma. She received her B.S. in chemistry at the University of Oklahoma and earned her Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin. She has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 1975.
Pat N. Confalone, Chair
Director, District III
Pat N. Confalone is an independent consultant, Confalone consulting LLC and vice president at DuPont, Global Research & Development [retired]. He earned his Bachelor's Degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1967, Master's Degree from Harvard University in 1968, Ph.D. from Harvard University (R. B. Woodward) in 1970, and Post-Doc at Harvard University (R. B. Woodward) in 1971. He has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 1967.
Thomas M. Connelly, Jr., Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer
Thomas M. Connelly, Jr. is the Executive Director and CEO of the American Chemical Society. Dr. Connelly retired from DuPont in December 2014, where he was Executive Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer. At DuPont, Dr. Connelly led businesses and R&D organizations, while based in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.
Dr. Connelly graduated with highest honors from Princeton University with degrees in Chemical Engineering and Economics. As a Winston Churchill Scholar, he received his doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Cambridge. He has served in advisory roles to the U.S. Government and the Republic of Singapore.
Thomas R. Gilbert
Director, District I
Thomas R. Gilbert is a chemistry professor at Northeastern University where he also served as Academic Director of Graduate Programs in Biotechnology and as Acting Dean of the School of Education. He received his B.S. from Clarkson College of Technology (now Clarkson University) in 1968, and his Ph.D. from MIT in 1971. He joined the Northeastern faculty in 1981 after 10 years with the Research Department of the New England Aquarium in Boston. He has been an ACS member since 1968 and an ACS Councilor since 1990.
George M. Bodner
Director, District II
George M. Bodner is the Arthur E. Kelly Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Education and Engineering at Purdue University. He earned his Bachelor's Degree at the State University of New York, Buffalo in 1969 and his Ph.D. at Indiana University in 1972. He has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 1969.
Director, District IV
Rigoberto Hernandez is a Professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned his B.S.E. degree in chemical engineering and mathematics at Princeton University in 1989, and his Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1993. He has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 1992.
John E. Adams
Director, District V
John E. Adams is a Curators’ Teaching Professor of Chemistry at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1981. He earned his Bachelor's degree at the Rolla campus of the University of Missouri in 1974 and his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley in 1979. He has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 1974.
Paul W. Jagodzinski
Director, District VI
Paul W. Jagodzinski is Dean of the College of Engineering, Forestry & Natural Sciences, Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. He earned a Bachelor's degree from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1973, and a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 1979. He has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 1976.
William F. Carroll, Jr.
Bill Carroll is a vice president of Occidental Chemical Corp. He earned a Bachelor's degree at DePauw University in 1973, Master's Degree from Tulane University in 1975, and Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1978. He has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 1973.
Valerie J. Kuck
Valerie J. Kuck is a former Adjunct Professor at the College of St. Elizabeth Chemistry Department and former chemist and staff member at Lucent Technologies. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at St. Mary of the Woods College in 1961, and her Master’s degree at Purdue University in 1965. She has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 1964.
Ingrid Montes is a chemistry professor at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras. She earned her Bachelor's degree at the University of Puerto Rico in 1980, and her Ph.D. in 1985. She has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 1980.
Dorothy J. Phillips
Dorothy J. Phillips retired from Waters Corporation in 2013. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University in 1967 and her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 1974. She has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 1973.
Barbara A. Sawrey
Barbara Sawrey is the Associate Vice Chancellor – Undergraduate Education, and a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, at UC San Diego. She received her B.S. in chemistry from Baldwin-Wallace College, and then worked as an industrial chemist for a number of years. She earned her Master's degree from San Diego State University and her Ph.D. in physical inorganic chemistry jointly from UC San Diego and SDSU. She has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 1975.
Kathleen M. Schulz
Kathleen M. Schulz is the President of Business Results Inc. She earned her Bachelor's degree at Eastern New Mexico University in 1964, and Ph.D. at the University of Missouri in 1973. She has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 1964.