The Citadel School of Science and Mathematics is proud to announce the 2016 inductees into The Citadel Academy of Science and Mathematics!
Dr. William H. Bowers - Class of 1960, Chemistry
Dr. Bowers is a physician, educator, decorated veteran and mentor. He is a decorated flight surgeon who has received the Combat Medical Badge, Bronze Star with Valor, Air Medals with Eight Oak Leaf Clusters, and two Purple Hearts. Dr. Bowers is a distinguished hand surgeon who has been recognized for Outstanding Research Achievement in the Field of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Bowers has supported Citadel students and faculty attending professional conferences, and is active in Citadel Pre- Health Mentorship and Cadet Leadership programs.
Dr. Johnson is a physician, educator, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is an internationally recognized neurosurgeon holding research and clinical appointments at multiple institutions. Dr. Johnson is currently establishing a stem cell research and biomechanics laboratory at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, and has developed new computer guided and minimally invasive surgical procedures for spinal disorders. He is the Principal Investigator for stem cell transplant projects focused on spinal cord regeneration and spine reconstruction. Finally, Dr. Johnson is the CEO and Chairman of the Board for the Spine Institute Foundation dedicated to advancing knowledge in the treatment of spinal disease through research, technology and education of future physicians.
Mr. Rick DeVoe - Executive Director SC Sea Grant Consortium
Rick DeVoe is a leader, coastal policy expert, educator, and conservationist. He has supported and funded rice field impoundment, toxicology and micro-plastics research at the Citadel, and provided start up funds and assisted junior faculty at the Citadel to establish networks and partnerships for sustaining their careers. Mr. DeVoe has provided matching funds for Citadel researchers to purchase research equipment. He has guided the SC Sea Grant Consortium into one of the best Sea Grant programs in the nation, and represents SC in regional and national coastal research and educational programs. Mr. DeVoe is a past President of the National Sea Grant Association.
Dr. Garner is a teacher, researcher, scholar, and mentor. She has been the driving force behind the construction of The Citadel Human Performance Laboratory and related research as well as lead researcher for groundbreaking research on improving human performance without drugs. She mentors over 16 graduate students and faculty in science and engineering. Dr. Garner is Chair of the Citadel Research Committee, and has provided outstanding service to the local and regional community.
Dr. Blackwell is a physician, educator, entrepreneur, and expert in disaster medicine. He created one of the largest EMS post-graduate programs in the US, holds the patent for the first mobile emergency hospital system and became CEO of the company that manufactures these systems. Dr. Blackwell has extensive involvement in community EMS programs, and has been published extensively in the fields of disaster and emergency medicine. He is currently an Assistant Dean at the USC Medical School in Greenville.
Dr. Fleming is an established educator, teacher, coach, and mentor at elementary, secondary, and higher education levels. In a relatively short career, he has accumulated an impressive publications record and received significant extramural funding, and assumed leadershiproles such as past president of SDAAPHERD. Dr. Fleming is an expert in integrating STEM into out-of-school exercise program for at-risk youth. He is currently an Associate Professor at Clemson.
BG Schiller led a distinguished military, academic and business career. He has been awarded the Legion of Merit and Distinguished Flying Cross. BG Schiller was Chairman of the Department of Chemistry at the United States Air Force Academy. He was also Executive Director of the United States Olympic Committee., CEO of YankeeNets, and President of Turner Sports, Inc.
Dr. Porcher is a scholar, educator, and conservationist. His distinguished teaching career at The Citadel integrated field biology into the curriculum (1970 – 2003). Dr. Porcher is the author of definitive books on South Carolina botanical and cultural resources. He has dedicated the proceeds from his books to student scholarships. Dr. Porcher is a renowned conservationist that uses his knowledge to influence regional environmental policies. He was the recipient of 2007 SC Environmentalist of the Year Award, and has mentored many prominent southeastern naturalists.
Former U.S. Senator and former Governor Ernest F. Hollings is a Citadel and University of South Carolina graduate who has championed the cause of environment, science and public policy throughout his illustrious career in politics. He has sponsored laws to safeguard our coasts and oceans such as the Coastal Zone Management Act (1972). He is recognized as the legislative "father" of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He was instrumental in bringing NOAA marine laboratories to South Carolina, including the Hollings Marine Laboratory, and championed creation of the Medical University of South Carolina’s Hollings Cancer Center, which is the only nationally designated cancer center in SC. Throughout his career, Senator Hollings was a strong supporter of technology as a means of maintaining US industrial competitiveness. For example, in 1975, he authored the Automobile Fuel Economy Act, the nation’s first standards to improve fuel efficiency and decrease U.S. dependence on foreign oil. When he was governor, Senator Hollings championed the legislation to establish the state's technical education system and the public educational television network. In 1961, he declared “in our complex society, education is the cornerstone upon which economic development must be built”. His 1961 vision of using science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education as cornerstones for economic sustainability, industrial competiveness, and quality of life are finally being realized.
Dr. Henry D. ( Hank ) Cross III is a physical chemist holding degrees from Georgetown University, Holy Cross College, Stevens Institute of Technology and California Coast University with additional graduate study at The University of Notre Dame and Harvard Business School. His professional career has been spent in all aspects of new product development and commercialization. He spent 36 years with Colgate Palmolive retiring as their Technical Director. In addition to leading the development of biodegradable and phosphate free detergents, he was deeply involved with the successful introduction of such familiar brands as Irish Spring, Palmolive Dishwashing Liquid, Etonic footwear and Bike Football Helmets. Dr. Cross held a number of administrative positions in professional and public organizations. He was a Division Director for The American Society of Testing and materials, Chairman of Task Groups developing standards for football helmets, footwear and mouth guards , President of The Hockey Equipment Certification Council, a member of the U.S. Olympic Committees Sports Equipment and Technology Subcommittee and Chairman of The U.S Shooting team. Dr. Cross has been an avid competitive shooter for 71 years. He was a First String All American at Georgetown, a Distinguished Marksman and President’s Hundred for the U.S. Army and a lifetime Alumnus of The U.S. Olympic Shooting Team. He is currently Chairman and Managing Director of The Cross Human Performance Testing and Research LLC. Dr. Cross has generously supported the creation of the Human Performance Laboratory at The Citadel.
Edward Warren Bray, III graduated from The Citadel with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1965 and continued his education with a Master of Science degree from the University of South Carolina (1967) and a Doctor of Medicine Degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1971. Dr. Bray completed his Orthopaedic Surgery training at Greenville Hospital System and Shriner’s Hospital for Children in 1976 and earned his American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery certification in 1977. As Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at the United States Lyster Army Hospital in Fort Rucker, Alabama and 13 years in private medical practice, Dr. Bray brought valuable knowledge and experience to his medical teaching career. Dr. Bray’s graduate medical education leadership began with teaching faculty appointments at the Medical University of South Carolina, the University of South Carolina, and Duke University while rising to the rank of Professor at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Bray’s leadership extended to Assistant Chief of Staff at the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children in Greenville South Carolina, President of Greenville Hospital System’s medical staff, Greenville Health System’s Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program Director, Chair of Greenville Health System’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and providing leadership on a variety of local and national medical societies as well as numerous, collaborative peer reviewed journal publications regarding clinical research. Dr. Bray currently serves as the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Continuing Medical Education at Greenville Health System and serves as the Designated Institutional Official for all graduate medical education at Greenville Health System.
Dr. Charles (Chuck) Groetsch holds the position of Distinguished Professor of Mathematical Science at The Citadel, after serving as the first Dean of the School of Science and Mathematics. He is an internationally recognized authority on the mathematics of inverse problems and stability theory of unbounded operators. Dr. Groetsch is the author of numerous research papers and nine critically acclaimed books, some of which have been translated into Japanese and Chinese. He has held visiting appointments at universities around the world, and has served on the editorial boards of nine research journals. The Mathematical Association of America recognized him with the George Pólya Award for expository excellence in 1994. He was inducted a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2011 in recognition of his “distinguished contributions of the application of mathematics to science, particularly in the areas of inverse or ill-posed problems, approximation theory, and mathematical modeling”. Chuck loves teaching, has taught many courses at all levels and enjoys nothing better than blending mathematics, science and history in classroom. One student wrote “Professor is very enthusiastic and goes above and beyond to explain the material.”
2012: Dr. James D. Bearden III (Pre-Med, '65)
Dr. James D. Bearden III is currently the Vice President of Clinical Research for the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, a Managing Physician for the nationally-recognized Gibbs Cancer Center, and Director of the Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health. He is the first Board-certified oncologist in South Carolina and is also board certified in internal medicine and hematology. He has received the Distinguished Alumni award from the Medical University of South Carolina.
2011: Dr. Alexander F. (Fred) Holland (Pre-Med, '64)
Dr. Fred Holland is a distinguished estuarine ecologist whose career has included stints as Director of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources' Marine Resources Research Institute and of NOAA's Hollings Marine Laboratory. In 2009, he was honored with the South Carolina Environmental Awareness Award.
2010: Dr. William T. (Tom) Trotter (Mathematics, '65)
Dr. William Trotter's academic career includes appointments as a Carolina Research Professor and Assistant Dean of the College of Sciences at the University of South Carolina, Vice-Provost for Academic Affairs and Regents Professor of Mathematics at Arizona State University, and Professor and Chair of the School of Mathematics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has published over 120 refereed journal articles and a top-selling monograph, received substantial research funding, and served as Editor-in-Chief of Order.
2009: Dr. John M. Palms (Physics, '58)
Dr. John Palms' illustrious academic career included rising through the ranks at Emory university as faculty, Dean and Vice-President for Academic Affairs, and culminating as President of Georgia State University and the University of South Carolina. Dr. Palms, a nuclear physicist, has served on numerous governmental, civic and corporate boards. He has received the University of New Mexico Distinguished Alumni award, the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of South Carolina, and the honorary Doctor of Science degree from The Citadel.
2008: Dr. Harry Y. McSween (Chemistry, '67)
Dr. McSween is Chancellor's Professor and Distinguished Professor of Science at the University of Tennessee. He is a leading authority on the compositions of meteorites and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Leonard Medal of the Meteoritical Society and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Geophysical Union. Personal website at UTK.