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Thomas L. Isenhour, provost and vice president of academic affairs at Old Dominion University, has been elected by the national College Board to serve on its Southern Regional Council for a three-year term.

"Dr. Isenhour's professional talents will add significantly as we make decisions that will impact our members and lead to greater college success for the region's young people." Jenny Oren Krugman, vice president of the College Board's southern regional office in Georgia.

The College Board was organized to help high school students make a successful transition to higher education. Among its revolutionary developments is the creation of common entrance examinations -- known as the SAT Program or Scholastic Assessment Tests -- where students could apply to a number of institutions without having to sit for entrance examinations at each one. It is also responsible for the Advanced Placement Program and the College-Level Examination Program.

Isenhour has served as provost at Old Dominion since 2003 and was previously dean of ODU's College of Sciences. Prior to that he served as professor and chair of the chemistry and biochemistry department at Duquesne University, in Pittsburgh, from 1994-2000. He was dean of arts and sciences (1987-90) and professor of chemistry (1987-94) at Kansas State University, and served as provost and professor of science at the American University in Bulgaria in 1992-93. He also has held academic and administrative positions at Utah State University, the University of North Carolina and the National Science Foundation.

During his career, Isenhour has taught general and honors chemistry, history of science, undergraduate and graduate analytical chemistry, and environmental science, and has directed 28 doctoral dissertations and eight master's theses. He has published more than 180 professional papers, books and editorials and served as plenary lecturer at three international meetings.

Isenhour received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina and a doctorate in chemistry from Cornell University. He participated in the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University in 1989.

He has received numerous awards, including the National Science Foundation's Outstanding Performance Award and the American Chemical Society Award in Analytical Chemistry, and has held several appointments, such as the Kolthoff Visiting Professor in Analytical Chemistry at Israel's Hebrew University and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow.

This article was posted on: June 20, 2006

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