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Released June 23, 2003


LONG BEACH - A chemistry professor with extensive research experience in the biomedical field has been named chair of the new Division of Science and Technology at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Dr. Dale Ledford, a native of Chattanooga, Tenn., will begin the position July 1.

"I am delighted that Dale Ledford has agreed to serve as chair of our new Division of Science and Technology on the Gulf Park campus," said Southern MissGC Dean Dr. Denise Von Herrmann. "He brings an incredible wealth of experience, but also a new vision and energy to the position."

Ledford earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Chattanooga. Later, he earned his doctorate in chemistry from the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. In addition to his other academic work, Ledford completed post doctoral studies at North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas) in Denton, Texas.

Ledford has served in visiting professorships at both the University of Georgia and the University of Arizona. Prior to his arrival at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, Ledford served as a professor at the University of South Alabama.

"I see an enormous potential for growth here at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, in all areas of Science & Technology." Ledford said. "I am honored to be included in this endeavor and plan to work hard to continue the good working relationship we have between the Gulf Park campus and the departments on the Hattiesburg campus."

Ledford's research interests include the synthesis of naturally occurring antibiotics, anti-tumor agents and the synthesis of unnatural amino acids, which have potential as glutamate competitors and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

"Dr. Ledford has the unqualified support of the resident faculty," Von Herrmann said. "Under his leadership, Southern Miss is poised to make tremendous strides on the Coast in several specialty areas including environmental sciences, technology, and math and science education."

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