March 23-24, 2000
ITEM 106-2001-R0300 RETIREMENT of Arnold C. Craig, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Montana State University-Bozeman
THAT: Upon the occasion of the retirement of Dr. Arnold C. Craig from the faculty of Montana State University-Bozeman, the Board of Regents wishes to express its appreciation for his service to the University, the Montana University System, and the people of the State of Montana.
EXPLANATION: After earning a B.A. degree at Utica College of Syracuse University in 1954 and a Ph.D. at Cornell University in 1959, Dr. Craig spent six years as a Senior Research Chemist at the Eastman Kodak Company. He started his teaching/research career at Montana State University-Bozeman in 1965 as an Assistant Professor. The institution promoted him to an Associate Professorship after three years of service, and in 1976 he attained the rank of Professor of Chemistry.
Teaching Contributions: Among the departmental courses at Montana State University-Bozeman for which he has had responsibility are those in general, first-year chemistry and a wide variety of organic chemistry courses at all undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Craig played an instrumental role in the development of the Master of Science in Science Education program at MSU, and has directed several programs for the continuing education of high school science teachers throughout the State of Montana. Under his direction, Dr. Craig's students have produced five Ph.D., two Master's, and fourteen undergraduate Honors Degree research theses.
Research Contributions: Dr. Craig has published more than seventeen scientific articles in respected journals and has successfully obtained grants to support his research and educational programs throughout his career at Montana State University. Dr. Craig has served as Program Chairman and Co-chairman for American Chemical Society-sponsored conventions at the national and northwest regional levels, and has held all offices of the Montana Local Section of the ACS. While under his leadership, the Montana Section won the ACS National Award for Outstanding Small Section for years 1990, 1991, and 1992.
Membership and Activities in Professional Organizations have included the following:
Vice President, Physical Sciences Section, Montana Academy of Sciences, 1970-71
Program Chairman for the 1971 Northwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society
General Chairman, Local Committee of 28th National Organic Symposium, 1983
Co-Chair, Local Committee of 33rd National Organic Symposium, 1992-93
Montana - Local Section of American Chemical Society: Chair Elect, 1986; Chair, 1987; Chair Elect, 1989; Chair, 1990; Chair Education Committee, 1991-92; Chair Awards Committee, 1992-93; Secretary, 1993-present.
Committee Service: Dr. Craig has a long history of service within the Department and the University. The variety of committees on which he has served are too numerous to list here, however, some of the committees on which he has served include: University Chemical Safety Officer, Parliamentarian for the Faculty Council, Chairman of the Graduate Program in Chemistry and Biochemistry, Chairman of the Undergraduate Program in Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Departmental Certifying Officer.
For these and other contributions, the Board of Regents of Higher Education is pleased to confer upon Arnold C. Craig the rank of Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Montana State University and wishes him well for many pleasant years in the future.