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Ron W. Darbeau, PhD

Ron W. Darbeau, PhD is a native of the twin island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Dr. Darbeau earned his B.S. in Chemistry at the University of the West Indies in 1984, followed by his M.S. and Ph.D. at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD in 1992 and 1996, respectively. In 1996 he started as an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA, becoming a full professor in 2004 and head of the department of Chemistry in 2002. He is a Physical Organic Chemist who has published dozens of peer-reviewed articles in his field and presented many times at chemistry conferences. In his 19 years at McNeese, he graduated over 30 Master’s students from his research group and secured over 3 million dollars in funding for research and infrastructure. He has won numerous awards, but is most proud of The Sarah and Adolph Roseman Award for Outstanding Accomplishment (from Hopkins), The Distinguished Faculty Award and The President’s “Tough but Good” Award (both from McNeese), and his selection as a Fellow of the American Chemical Society. He served as a member of the American Chemical Society – Committee on Professional Training for 11 years. He has been at the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith as the Dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (which includes the School of Education) for five years and as Interim Dean of the College of Health Sciences for one year. While at UAFS, he presented multiple seminars at the STEM Coalition, K-12, and various Civic groups. He is a member of the Advancing Coherent and Equitable Systems of Science Education (ACESSE) group and the Arkansas STEM Model Program State Advisory Committee. He also served as Vice President of the Arkansas Deans’ Association. In June 2020 he will begin his tenure as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Lock Haven University in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania.