American Chemical Society CEO announces retirement

Newswise – WASHINGTON, May 31, 2022 – The American Chemical Society (ACS) announced today that Thomas Connelly, Jr., Ph.D., will retire as Chief Executive Officer of ACS at the end of the year after more than seven years of service in this role. In addition to effectively leading the organization through the unprecedented challenges of a global pandemic, he led the organization as it strengthened its core values, transformed its members, and launched new initiatives.

“Tom has provided strong leadership for ACS throughout his tenure, particularly over the past two years as we faced a once-in-a-lifetime challenge due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through his guidance , ACS has weathered the pandemic and is now stronger than it has ever been,” said Paul W. Jagodzinski, Ph.D., Chairman of the Board of ACS. “We look forward to Tom’s continued leadership throughout 2022 and wish him all the best as he enters the next chapter of his life in 2023.”

Connelly joined ACS in 2015. He oversaw the refinement and expansion of ACS’s Core Values, which define the principles that guide the organization. During his tenure, the core value of professionalism was expanded to include safety and ethics. Additionally, the core value of diversity, inclusion and respect added equity as a key principle. He has also guided a membership transformation with a greater focus on growing The CSA’s international efforts as well as supporting the development of a new membership model, which was launched this year. Most recently, Connelly led efforts to establish four strategic initiatives designed to have a transformational impact on the chemicals business. The multi-year effort of more than $50 million embodies ACS’s commitment to advancing the broader chemical business and its practitioners for the benefit of the Earth and all its inhabitants.

“It has been an honor to be CEO of ACS for over seven years,” said Connelly. “ACS continues to advance its vision and mission through the efforts of our dedicated staff and wonderful volunteers. I look forward to continuing my service to The CSA within its membership ranks.

Prior to joining ACS, Connelly had a distinguished 37-year career at DuPont, where he served as Chief Science and Technology Officer and Chief Innovation Officer during his tenure. Connelly holds degrees in chemical engineering and economics from Princeton University. As a Winston Churchill Scholar, he obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge. In 2016 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He has held advisory positions with the US government and the Republic of Singapore.

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is a nonprofit organization accredited by the United States Congress. ACS’s mission is to advance the broader chemical enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of the Earth and all its inhabitants. The Society is a global leader in promoting excellence in science education and access to chemistry-related information and research through its multiple search solutions, peer-reviewed journals, its scientific conferences, e-books and weekly periodicals. Chemistry and Engineering News. ACS journals are among the most cited, trusted and widely read in the scientific literature; however, the ACS itself does not conduct chemical research. As a leader in scientific information solutions, its CAS division partners with global innovators to accelerate breakthroughs by curating, connecting and analyzing global scientific knowledge. ACS’s principal offices are located in Washington, DC, and Columbus, Ohio.

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