FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | December 16, 2019

John Adams to serve 3rd term as chair of American Chemical Society's board of directors

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2019 — John E. Adams, Ph.D., has been re-elected chair of the board of directors of the American Chemical Society (ACS), a scientific membership organization with more than 152,000 members. Adams, who has served as chair for two years, will begin his third one-year term on Jan. 1, 2020.

As chair of the Society’s 16-member chief governing body, Adams will preside over board and executive committee meetings, appoint chairs and members of board committees and task forces, oversee the performance of the chief executive officer and support strategic planning and evaluation of progress toward those goals, among other duties.

An ACS member since 1974, Adams earned his bachelor's degree at the Rolla campus of the University of Missouri in 1974 and his doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley in 1979.

Adams is a curators’ distinguished teaching professor (emeritus) of chemistry at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1981.

Adams resides in Columbia, Missouri, with his spouse, Carol A. Deakyne, Ph.D., who is also an emeritus member of the University of Missouri faculty.

The American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society, is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. ACS is a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related information and research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. ACS does not conduct research, but publishes and publicizes peer-reviewed scientific studies. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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