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2018 CASM Inductees

The Citadel School of Science and Mathematics is proud to present the 

2018 inductees into the

Citadel Academy of Science and Mathematics!


Distinguished Alumni Category:

Dr. D. Michael Johns ‘72, Biology
Toxicologist, environmentalist, risk assessor, entrepreneur. 

dr_johnsDr. Johns obtained a M.S. in Zoology and PhD in Oceanography from the University of South Carolina in 1972 and 1980, respectively.  He also received an MBA from the University of Rhode Island.  Dr. Johns developed national guidance for remediation of chemically contaminated environments for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and is nationally and internationally recognized for his program management and leadership skills in resolving complex multidisciplinary chemical pollution problems.  Dr. Johns, and several partners, created Windward Environmental LLC, a small business specializing in identifying scientifically sound, environmentally sustainable remediation solutions. Today, Windward has two offices (Seattle, WA and Syracuse, NY), about 40 employees, and revenues of $7-8 million. Dr. Johns scientific accomplishments include over 35 peer-reviewed publications, several ASTM methods, national guidance documents, and hundreds of technical reports.  When Mike was attending graduate school and working on the East Coast (1970-1985), he was actively involved in undergraduate education programs at The Citadel.  Since 1994, Mike and his brother have sponsored the David M. Johns and Joan C. Johns Scholarship Fund through the Citadel Foundation.

Dr. Christopher C. Swain ‘81, Biology 
Physician, businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist.

dr christopher swainDr. Swain attended the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and completed his OB/GYN residency training at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. He demonstrated a lifelong passion and commitment to improving women’s healthcare and safety including solo practice, group practice, public health, medical education and hospitalist services guiding the development and growth of OB Hospitalist Group from 2006-2017. With his brother David, Chris provided the resources to establish the Swain Nursing Department at The Citadel.  Chris, and his wife Debora, also provided funds for revitalizing The Citadel Boating Center. In addition to the return of water sports to The Citadel campus, the Swain Boat Center will serve as an access point for biology and ecology-related field trips while enhancing the academic experience of biology professors and students whose scholarship and research contributes to natural resources conservation. Dr. Chris Swain and his wife have also provided a merit-based scholarship for students majoring in biology and chemistry.

Mr. David C. Swain, Jr.  ‘80, Mathematics
Computer scientist, businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist.

dr_david_swainMr. Swain earned an MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of South Carolina (1986).  He served as Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of OB Hospitalist Group Inc. (OBHG) and Chairman of the Board from 2007 to 2015.  In this position, he oversaw all operations of the OB Hospitalist ensuring client hospitals received the highest quality of care from OBHG physicians and support staff. The OB Hospitalist Group has received awards and recognition for being among the 25 Fastest-Growing Companies in South Carolina (2012-2016), among the Best Places to Work in South Carolina (2013- 2015), and one of the 40 Best-performing Companies in South Carolina in 2014. Prior to joining OBHG, David served as president of two technology companies principally providing custom IT solutions for Cisco Systems and AT&T. David also served 10 years as a USAF officer where he was hardware chief for a $5.5B life-cycle technology upgrade implemented at USAF bases worldwide. With his brother Chris, David provided the resources to establish the Swain Nursing Department at The Citadel.  Additionally, he has provided resources to support many other SSM activities.

Distinguished Emeritus (posthumous) Category:

MG James W. Duckett ‘32, Chemistry and the 14th President of The Citadel 
Teacher, mentor, scholar, visionary. 

mg_james_duckettMaj. Gen Duckett earned a MS in Chemistry from the University of Georgia and a PhD from University of North Carolina. He joined the Chemistry Department faculty in 1934 where he would begin a distinguished career at The Citadel. During his tenure, Maj. Gen. Duckett held eleven faculty and administrative positions including Dean of Admissions, Administrative Dean, and the first Citadel Vice President (now Provost). He became President of The Citadel in 1970 and served as the 14th President from 1970 to 1974. Duckett Hall was named in honor of Maj. Gen. Duckett.   


Distinguished Faculty Category:

Dr. Isaac “Spike” Metts, Jr. ‘65, Mathematics 
Educator, scholar, mentor, administrator. 

dr._isaac_spike_mettsDr. Metts obtained a MA in Mathematics and PhD in Applied Mathematics from Vanderbilt University in 1967 and 1969, respectively.  He devoted 43 years to The Citadel as a mathematics professor, administrator, and mentor to students, faculty and staff.  He has held numerous administrative positions including the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Interim Dean of the School of Science and Mathematic, and Head of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.  Dr. Metts has served seven college presidents and played a major role in the transition of the campus from the old mainframe computers to the complex information network of today.  While he was a Department Head, the Department of Mathematics became the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and added a master's degree in Mathematics Education. He also made important contributions toward defining the roles of faculty and Department Heads in college governance, setting academic standards, and developing the core curriculum.  He was the “face of The Citadel” at the Commission of Higher Education during the 1980s and 1990s.  Dr. Metts received the faculty Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award in 2005 for excellence in character and service to humanity, and the Palmetto Medal in 2013.

Early Career faculty Award Category:

Dr. Mary Katherine Zanin, Biology 
Superior teacher, mentor, scholar, collaborator.
dr_mary_katherine_zaninDr. Zanin received a PhD from the Medical University of South Carolina. She is a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher who engages and supports students. Dr. Zanin serves as the Pre-Health adviser and sponsor of the Pre-Health Professions Society.  In these roles, she established a mentorship program for students seeking healthcare professions with distinguished alumni and other healthcare professionals.  She has been a major contributor to establishing and maintaining the high acceptance rate of Citadel students into medical school.  Dr. Zanin is respected and recognized as a valued asset to the Biology Department and The Citadel by students, parents, faculty, administrators and alumni.  She received Medberry Award for Dedication to Teaching in 2009.  The award recognizes dedicated teachers of science and technology who are devoted to excellence in teaching at the freshman level.  Dr. Zanin also maintains an active research program in cell biology that includes cadets involved in the Citadel Undergraduate Research Program. She has 10 peer-reviewed publications.

Past Inductees:

2017 CASM Inductees

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