FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | November 18, 2014

Former P&G manager becomes president of world’s largest scientific society

WASHINGTON, November 18, 2014 — Diane Grob Schmidt, Ph.D., a retired Procter & Gamble executive, will become 2015 president of the American Chemical Society (ACS) on Jan. 1.

During her term, Schmidt will strive to create an atmosphere that encourages economic growth and the addition of U.S. jobs. She will also advocate for improved and sustained funding of the chemical enterprise, which she says “is now more critical than ever to reignite America’s commitment to science and technology.”

In addition, Schmidt will promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and leadership development for ACS members.  A life-long Procter & Gamble employee, she will also be forging new relationships between ACS and industrial members of the chemical enterprise.

“The world today is complex and volatile. The challenges we face cannot be solved overnight. We can, however, as a member organization seek to turn these challenges into opportunities to build a sustainable, thriving future.”

Schmidt earned an A.B. at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, an M.S. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati, where she is an adjunct professor of chemistry.

She lives with her husband Warren in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 161,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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Diane Grob Schmidt, Ph.D.
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