University of Arkansas System President Donald R. Bobbitt will be the keynote speaker at the University of Arkansas fall commencement 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, in the H.O. Clemmons Arena of the Kenneth L. Johnson Sr. HPER Complex.
Bobbitt began his term as president on Nov. 1, 2011. From 2008-11, he served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington.
After earning a doctorate in chemistry from Iowa State University in 1985, Bobbitt became an assistant professor in the department of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Among his many honors are the University of Arkansas Alumni Association Award in Teaching and the Fulbright College Master Teacher Award.
He was a recipient of the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar Fellowship from 1988-93. He has received more than $13.8 million in funded support from national corporations and organizations — including the R.W. Johnson Pharmaceutical Research Institute, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He is also the author or co-author of 56 refereed publications and has on several occasions been an invited speaker at meetings of the American Chemical Association. In 2003 he was named Dean of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas.