American Chemical Society selects new leaders

Transitions: President-elect, CEO, and editors-in-chief will assume posts in 2015

Susan J. Ainsworth

For the American Chemical Society, 2014 marked a time of major leadership changes. ACS members voted in a new president-elect as they do each year, while the ACS Board of Directors appointed a new executive director and chief executive officer, a board chair, and editors-in-chief for Chemical & Engineering News and nine of the society’s journals.

Last month, Donna J. Nelson, an organic chemistry professor at the University of Oklahoma, was selected ACS president-elect for 2015. Diane Grob Schmidt will serve as ACS president in 2015. And Tom Barton will become immediate past-president.

Earlier this month, the board elected Pat N. Confalone as its chair for 2015; he succeeds William F. Carroll Jr., who served as chair from 2012 to 2014.

Thomas M. Connelly Jr. was appointed to replace Madeleine Jacobs as ACS executive director and CEO, effective Feb. 17, 2015.

Connelly, 62, is retiring as DuPont’s executive vice president and chief innovation officer after 36 years at the company. Jacobs, 68, is retiring after 11 years as CEO and more than 24 years with the society.

Separately, ACS appointed Bibiana Campos Seijo as the new editor-in-chief of C&EN. She had been editor and publisher of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Chemistry World magazine, before joining C&EN earlier this month.

Campos Seijo succeeds Rudy M. Baum, who served as the magazine’s editor-in-chief from 2004 until his retirement in 2012 and who has been acting editor-in-chief since March. Baum will continue his long association with C&EN as editor-at-large. He will assist Campos Seijo in making a smooth transition into the editor-in-chief position and will also take on special assignments.

ACS named new editors-in-chief for three journals launched in 2014: Courtney C. Aldrich of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, will head ACS Infectious Diseases; Carolyn R. Bertozzi of the University of California, Berkeley, will lead ACS Central Science; and David L. Kaplan of Tufts University, will head ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering.

In addition, ACS appointed editors-in-chief at six existing journals. Paul J. Chirik of Princeton University will head Organometallics; Sharon Hammes-Schiffer of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will lead Chemical Reviews; Thomas F. Hofmann of the Technical University of Munich will head the Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry; Kai Rossen of Sanofi, in Frankfurt, will lead Organic Process Research & Development; David L. Sedlak of the University of California, Berkeley, and the National Science Foundation’s Engineering Research Center for Re-inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure will head Environmental Science & Technology and Environmental Science & Technology Letters; and Françoise M. Winnik of the University of Montreal will lead Langmuir.


From Left, Schmidt, Nelson, Barton, Confalone

From Left, Schmidt, Nelson, Barton, Confalone


From Left, Connelly, Campos-Seijo

From Left, Connelly, Campos-Seijo

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