- 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.
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."
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.
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.
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
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
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."
ledford named chair of new division of science and technology