Steven Bachrach, Ph.D., named dean of Radford University’s Artis College

Steven Bachrach, Ph.D.

Following an extensive national search, Radford University has selected Steven Bachrach, Ph.D., for the role of dean of the Artis College of Science and Technology.

Bachrach comes to Radford after having served as dean of the School of Science at Monmouth University. He will begin his new role at Radford on Aug. 1, 2022.

“I am very excited to join the great community of teacher-scholars and students within the Artis College of Science and Technology,” Bachrach said. “The college is blessed with committed faculty and staff, fantastic teaching and laboratory space, generous alumni and innovative initiatives to be led by the new leadership of President Bret Danilowicz, Ph.D.”

Danilowicz will begin serving as Radford University’s eighth president on July 1, 2022.

"Dr. Bachrach has a distinguished record as a teacher, researcher and administrator,” said J. Orion Rogers, who recently retired after 28 years at Radford University, serving most recently as interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs and previously as the dean of Artis College. “Dr. Bachrach has published a total of 137 peer-reviewed articles, authored a book in his discipline of computational organic chemistry and directed the research of 55 undergraduate students, eight graduate students and eight post-doctoral research associates. Dr. Bachrach looks forward to creating collaborative working groups and supporting the teacher-scholar model to innovate and enhance the learning opportunities and experiences for our students."

The Radford University Artis College of Science and Technology prepares students with skills and expertise and emphasizes the theory and applications of science, mathematics and technology. The college develops students’ creative and critical thinking skills and teaches them to analyze problems and implement solutions to a vast array of challenges in our local, national and global communities.

Before beginning his tenure at Monmouth in August 2016, Bachrach served as the assistant vice president for special projects at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where, during his 17-year career, he was also the Dr. D. R. Semmes Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and a former Department of Chemistry chair.

Bachrach began his academic teaching career at Northern Illinois University, where he earned the rank of full professor. At Trinity and Northern Illinois, he maintained active research labs and published with students and post-doctoral researchers in organic chemistry.

Bachrach has served as an American Council on Education (ACE) fellow at the University of Redlands during the 2014 - 2015 academic year and was a director’s post-doctoral fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, from 1985 to 1987.

Bachrach has authored more than 150 publications, including his book “Computational Organic Chemistry” and a monograph with the same title. He served as editor-in-chief of the Internet Journal of Chemistry for seven years. He has received more than $2 million in grant funding, most notably from the National Science Foundation, American Chemical Society and the Welch Foundation.

Jun 23, 2022
Chad Osborne
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