The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina


Dr. Samuel P. McManus

mcmanus1Dr. Samuel P. McManus graduated from The Citadel in 1960 with a BS degree in Chemistry and a commission in the US Army Reserve. While at Clemson University earning the MS (1962) and PhD (1964) degrees in Chemistry, with an emphasis in Organic and Polymer Chemistry, Lt. McManus served in the active reserves. Upon graduation from Clemson, he took a position with DuPont at the Marshall Laboratory in Philadelphia serving as a Research Chemist prior to entering active duty in the Fall of 1964.

Lt. McManus served his entire tour from 1964-66 at Redstone Arsenal, AL as a R&D Coordinator at the US Army Missile Command. He rose to the rank of Captain and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for his work in solving significant materials problems thus allowing fielding of the Lance missile system.

In 1966 Dr. McManus joined the faculty of the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), AL and rose through the ranks in the Department of Chemistry. He was the mentor for several MS and PhD students and managed funded research projects totaling several million dollars. He is the author or editor of three books and over 125 scientific articles.

At UAH in 1989 he was appointed Dean of the Graduate School and then Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in 1992. While serving in these leadership positions he served the State of Alabama as Chair of the Council of Graduate Deans and then Chair of the Council of Chief Academic Officers. His university service earned him two Commendations from the State of Alabama Senate.

Following his retirement from the University of Alabama (2000), Dr. McManus served for twelve years as an R&D manager for Nektar Therapeutics where he led the development and manufacture of several polymeric systems for attachment to and delivery of complex pharmaceuticals, some currently in clinical trials and some currently marketed. He holds over 40 issued or pending US patents on those inventions.

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