Transformation - 2008 President's Report

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The Urgency of Now - 2008 President's Report

Provost Advances Ambitious Research Ventures

Provost Donald Bobbitt's research expertise is in bio-analytical chemistry, which primarily focuses on the analysis of proteins and DNA.

As chief academic officer, Provost Donald Bobbitt leads UT Arlington's life-enhancing research initiatives in renewable energy sources, non-invasive medical devices and numerous other fields.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Donald Bobbitt shares the passion he sees in The University of Texas at Arlington's faculty, staff and students.

UT Arlington is one of the outstanding gems in the UT System, said Dr. Bobbitt, who began his appointment in July 2008. I look forward to helping the University advance its ambitious educational and research plans.

His research expertise is in bio-analytical chemistry, and he holds two patents in the field. He has received numerous honors and awards, including the Alumni Association Award in Teaching and Research from the University of Arkansas.

As a researcher myself, I know that we must do all we can to allow faculty to pursue their interests in the laboratory, studio or library while supporting them in the classroom, Bobbitt said. If we are successful, UT Arlington will have the faculty it needs to realize its full potential as a leading academic institution in the state, region and nation.

He says the University is fortunate to have a faculty with diverse research interests and a dedication to both research and education.

I have been impressed with the fact that faculty members consider research and teaching to be two sides of the very same coin, he said. They take the passion they feel for their research into the classroom, exposing their students to the state of the art in their disciplines.

As provost, Bobbitt serves as chief academic officer, overseeing 11 colleges and schools; research administration; research funding and expenditures; student affairs; the libraries; strategic planning; and distance education. He also is a chemistry professor in the College of Science.

Great institutions are built one faculty member at a time, he said. I hope we can continue to attract topnotch faculty who share a passion for research and teaching. Research has the possibility to transform society by addressing its most intractable problems.

Prior to joining UT Arlington, Bobbitt spent more than two decades as a researcher, teacher and administrator at the University of Arkansas. He taught chemistry before taking leadership roles with the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. He was named dean of the college in 2003.

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