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Robert Scott

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Emeritus Professor
past Associate Vice President for Research

With a BS from the University of Illiniois at Urbana-Champaign, a PhD from Caltech, and a postdoctoral stint at Stanford University, I started my faculty career back in Urbana-Champaign before coming to the University of Georgia in 1987. I pursued a productive research program while moving up the administrative ladder, acting as Department Head (1996 – 2003), then Associate Vice President for Research (2007 – 2016). Now back in Chemistry, I am teaching a graduate course in Group Theory, and spending the rest of my time working on administrative data-driven projects for several administrative offices at the University.

I approach new initiatives from an analytical, evidence-based perspective, while embracing and managing change. I have a keen interest in the ability to integrate authoritative enterprise data to use in data-driven strategic decision-making. I balance strategic thinking with the attention to detail needed to "just get it done." I thrive on inclusiveness, transparency, and consensus-building. My current focus is on UGA Elements (, business process modeling and continuous improvement in an academic department (Chemistry), and consulting for the Office of Research and the OneSource and OneUSG projects. TEST


1980-1981, National Institutes of Health NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University, Stanford, CA (with Keith O. Hodgson)

1975-1980, Ph.D., Chemistry, 1980, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA (with Harry B. Gray); Dissertation title: "Metalloprotein Electron Transfer. Cytochrome aa3 Reduction Kinetics and Theoretical Formulation of Distance Dependence"

1971-1975, B. S., Chemistry (summa cum laude), University of Illinois, Urbana, IL (with Gilbert P. Haight, Jr.); Thesis title: "Redox Catalysis of the Hydrolysis of Phosphoester and Phosphoanhydride Bonds"

Of note:

Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2013

Farrell W. Lytle Award, Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, 2008

Associate Vice President for Research, University of Georgia, 2007 - 2016

President, Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry, 2006-2008

Distinguished Research Professorship, University of Georgia, 2003-2013

Presidential Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation, 1985-1990

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