David W. Oxtoby

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David W. Oxtoby
9th President of Pomona College
Preceded by Peter Stanley
Succeeded by G. Gabrielle Starr
Personal details
Born David William Oxtoby
October 17, 1951
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Spouse(s) Claire B. Oxtoby
Children Mary Christina, John, Laura
Parents John C. Oxtoby, Jean Oxtoby
Alma mater Harvard University
University of California, Berkeley
Profession Academic
Website www.pomona.edu/administration/president/

David William Oxtoby is the ninth and current president of Pomona College. He has held this position since July 1, 2003. A theoretical chemist, he received his bachelor's degree in chemistry and physics at Harvard University (summa cum laude) and his Ph.D. in chemistry in 1975 from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to his appointment at Pomona College, he was the dean of physical sciences at the University of Chicago.

As a research chemist, Oxtoby is author or co-author of more than 165 scientific articles on subjects such as light scattering, chemical reaction dynamics and phase transitions. He has been invited as a guest lecturer at conferences and institutions around the globe and served as visiting professor at the University of Paris, the University of Bristol, and the University of Sydney. He also co-authored two popular textbooks in chemistry: Principles of Modern Chemistry and Chemistry: Science of Change. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, Alexander von Humboldt, Camille and Henry Dreyfus, Alfred P. Sloan, Danforth and National Science foundations.

He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2012, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In February, 2016, he announced his intention to step down as president in June, 2017.[1]

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  1. ^ David W. Oxtoby (29 February 2016). "2017 Departure Announcement". Pomona College Office of the President. Retrieved 28 June 2016.