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September 12, 2011
Volume 89, Number 37
pp. 39 - 40

ACS Elections: Candidates' Election Statements And Backgrounds

For Director-At-Large: William F. Carroll Jr.

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Dallas-Fort Worth Section. Occidental Chemical Corp., Dallas

Academic record: DePauw University, B.A., 1973; Tulane University, M.S., 1975; Indiana University, Ph.D., 1978

Honors: DePauw University Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, 2011; ACS Division of Professional Relations Henry A. Hill Award, 2009; ACS Division of Chemical Technicians K. Michael Shea Special Recognition Award, 2007; Indiana University Distinguished Alumni Service Award, 2009; Vinyl Institute Roy T. Gottesman Leadership Award, 2000

Professional positions (for past 10 years): Occidental Chemical Corp., vice president, 1996– ; Indiana University, Bloomington, adjunct industrial professor of chemistry, 1998–

Service in ACS national offices: Board of Directors, director-at-large, 2009–11; immediate past-president, 2006, president, 2005, president-elect, 2004, councilor ex officio, 2004–11; Council Policy Committee (voting), 2004–06, chair, 2005; Committee on Committees, 2004; Committee on Executive Compensation, 2004–09, chair 2005–09; Committee on Budget & Finance, 2001–09, vice chair, 2006; Committee on Public Affairs & Public Relations, 2010–11, chair, 2010–11, 2005–06; Committee on Audits, 2010–12; Committee on Divisional Activities, committee associate, 2010; Board Executive Committee, 2010–11, 2004–06; Committee on Planning, 2010–11, 2004–06; Committee on Professional & Member Relations, 2009–11, 2004–05; Board-Presidential Task Force, Governance Review, 2005–06, cochair, 2005; Board International Task Force, cochair, 2007–08; Committee on International Activities, 2001–03, chair, 2001–03; Presidential Board Task Force, ACS/American Chemistry Council, 2002–03; Committee on Committees Review Task Force, 2001–02

Service in ACS offices: Member of ACS since 1974.

Member: Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry; Society of Plastics Engineers; American Association for the Advancement of Science; National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists & Chemical Engineers; National Fire Protection Association; IEEE. ACS Divisions: Organic Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Professional Relations

Related activities: ACS Tour Speaker, 2002–11; International Union of Pure & Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) U.S. National Committee, 2002–08; United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Stockholm Convention: International Negotiating Conference/Conference of the Parties, nongovernment organization representative, 1998–2011; Scientific & Technical Evaluation Workshop on Persistent Manufactured Chemicals, 1999; Expert Group on Best Available Techniques & Best Environmental Practices, 2003–07; Dioxin Toolkit Task Force, 2006–11; National Research Council: Chemical Sciences Roundtable, 2006–11, cochair, 2011; Committee on Research at the Interface of the Physical & Life Sciences, 2008–09; Committee on Prudent Practices in the Laboratory, cochair, 2008–10; Council of Scientific Society Presidents, 2004–11, member of board, 2007–10, secretary, 2007, chair-elect, 2008, chair, 2009, past chair, 2010; State of California, Green Chemistry Science Advisory Panel, 2008, Green Ribbon Science Panel, cochair, 2009–11; State of Oregon, Department of Environmental Quality Rigid Packaging Implementation Task Force, 1993–95; State of Florida, Packaging Council, 1993–94; DePauw University Science Advisory Board, 2004–11, chair, 2006; Tulane University School of Science & Engineering Board of Advisers, 2008–11; Colorado School of Mines Department of Chemistry & Geochemistry, Visiting Committee, 2005–08; Vinyl Institute, Technical Committee, 1983–89, chair, 1986–89, Group on Recycling, 1989–94, chair, 1992–94, Operating Committee, 1993–2011, chair, 1998–2003, 2007, 2010; American Plastics Council, Energy Recovery Task Force, 1992–93, chair, 1994, National Issues Task Force, 1998–99, Nondurables Committee, 2000–2003, Health Committee, 1999–2001, chair, 2000; American Chemistry Council, Public Health Team, 1998–2003, Sustainable Development Work Group, 2000–01; Science Policy Team, 2002–03; Health, Product & Science Policy Committee, 2003–11; Chlorine Chemistry Division, Operating Committee, 2006–11, chair, 2010; Chlorine Chemistry Council, Strategic Implementation Leadership Committee, 1996–2006; Dioxin/PBT Issue Team, 1994–2006, chair, 1996–98, Science & Health Issue Team, chair, 1996–98, Health Effects Issue Team, chair, 2000–01, Sustainable Development Work Group, chair, 1997–2003; Society of the Plastics Industry, Coordinating Committee on Fire Safety, 1986–87, chair, 1987–88; International Society of Fire Service Instructors, Training Course, Company Officer Development I, Instructor, 1986–89; National Fire Protection Association Research Foundation, Flammable Liquids Packaging Research, chair, 1986–89; Plastics Recycling Foundation, 1987–93, Board of Directors, 1990–93; World Chlorine Council, 1995–2011; Global Vinyl Council Management Group, 1999–2008; Texas Institute for the Advancement of Chemical Technology, Educating Texans for Jobs with the Chemical Industry in the 21st Century, Steering Committee, 1997; 60 Publications; two patents


When I ran for director-at-large three years ago, I felt that the future of ACS depended upon innovation, leadership, and advocacy—for science and the people of science. Today, as I again ask for your vote, I still believe that. I’d like you to know what I have done with your trust, and what I hope to do.


Employment in chemistry is top of mind for everyone. The enterprise has reengineered in the past three years, leaving many chemists behind, and the pace of change is breathtaking. We have no larger challenge than the health of the enterprise and those who work in it.

Person-to-person relationships are the reason for professional societies in the 21st century. Networking is not just a job strategy; it is professional life. I have worked to help ACS members—particularly students—sharpen their networking skills one-to-one and via the ACS Network. I have pushed to make the ACS Careers website one of the premier resources in any field. We have far to go, but I am dedicated to continuously improving our career tools over the next three years.


Scientific information resources remain core to the society’s mission. Members know and appreciate that ACS produces the highest quality journals, the best tools for searching the literature, and robust regional and national meetings.

Over the past three years, our Publications and Chemical Abstracts Service groups have innovated in the face of challenges presented by open-access resources. They now provide new features—made possible through tighter coordination between Pubs and CAS—and more new benefits are on the way. Delivering information value well beyond cost is vital.

Electronic delivery of meeting content is an important innovation and member benefit. Electronic access to ACS meeting presentations increases access to novel results on demand, making the most of scarce time at meetings.

I am committed to keeping ACS the premier source of science information—attracting the best authors and articles and documenting the cutting edge. If we manage the enterprise well and maintain an innovation ethic, we will thrive even in a challenging, competitive climate.


One of our most important duties as ACS members—on the board or otherwise—is to advocate for the future of chemists and chemistry. Although ACS alone cannot change the policy environment, we can find allies who have similar interests, and together we can make a difference. The Committee on Public Affairs & Public Relations, which I chair, gathered input from committees and divisions and crafted policies aimed at making the U.S. the best place in the world to start and maintain a business and employ scientists. We have joined with like-minded organizations, and we are working in Washington, D.C., now to catalyze substantive policy change.

Each of us can be an advocate for the profession, with legislators or with neighbors. That’s why we created the Chemistry Ambassadors program and helped members learn to speak simply and compellingly about their work. Chemistry enables a better tomorrow; each of us is a spokesperson. And if not us, who?

Advocacy is also about people. I am a passionate advocate for science and scientists, as you are. We can encourage and enable others to be as well.


I value science, people, and advocacy, and I invest in them. In 10 years, I have participated at ACS events in more than 120 local sections. I have spoken to hundreds of high school classes, student chapters, and students one-to-one. My best weeks of the year are as a tour speaker; my fondest memories are of the dialogue and the people.

I have worked to be both a peer and a leader among my colleagues on the board by listening, innovating, working to find consensus, and helping to move the organization forward. My experience with the United Nations, various states, and ACS has taught me the importance of diplomacy, respect, and collaboration.

So that’s my game plan. Join with others to nurture the U.S. economy and chemistry jobs and to fund our technological future. Keep our information services excellent and create new benefits through them. Reach out to the public and our leaders. Be prepared to grasp opportunity as it presents itself, which I firmly believe it will.

As I thank you for investing in me, I also ask for your support. I offer you energy, care, vision, and the good humor you have come to expect. I promise to be a visible face and credible voice for chemists and chemistry. Thank you for your consideration.

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