Keynote Speaker

Friday, March 31, 6:00 p.m.
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

Welcome from University of Cincinnati: Dr. James Mack II, Associate Dean of the Graduate School
Introduction of the Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Barbara A. Fink, Alliance Director, The Ohio LSAMP Alliance

Leroy Jones Keynote Speaker:  Dr. LeRoy Jones, II
Temporary Program Director, Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation
Co-PI, Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation
Dean, Director for STEM Initiatives & Professor of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences
Chicago State University (IL)

Dr. Jones is the temporary Program Director for the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP).  He is also the co-PI of the Illinois LSAMP Program and the co-PI of the Louis Stokes Midwest Center of Excellence.  He is Dean and Director for STEM Initiatives in the College of Arts & Sciences at Chicago State University (CSU).  He also holds the rank of Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Physics & Engineering Studies.  As the Director for STEM Initiatives, he directs the Center for STEM Education & Research that provides oversight and evaluation of several federally-supported science development programs at CSU.  With a combined operating budget of $2 million annually, he plans, develops, undertakes and implements programs that enhance CSU's capacity to serve more students receiving baccalaureate and advanced degrees in STEM disciplines.

Prior to joining CSU, Dr. Jones was a Research Scientist for BP Amoco Chemicals in Naperville, Illinois.  He has presented papers and posters at numerous regional, national and international conferences, and has directly contributed to over 30 publications and a patent.  He has been the recipient of several awards, fellowships and honors, and received an Honorable Discharge from the United States Army Reserves.

Dr. Jones received a B.S. degree in chemistry with a minor in religious studies from Bradley University, a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of South Carolina at Columbia, and served as a Postdoctoral Scholar in organometallic chemistry at Caltech.  He also completed an American Council on Education Fellowship at Hampton University (ACE Class of 2010-11).  Dr. Jones and his wife, Lolita, of twenty-five years reside in Highland, Indiana, and have three children: Kaiita, Kyerra, and Timothy.

Chance Meetings: The Impact of Mentoring on Unrealized Potential

 At pivotal points in my lifetime, I had “chance meetings” with individuals who altered the course of my life.  Some may describe the intersection of our paths as fate, and others coincidence.  In retrospect, putting philosophies aside, these individuals identified and cultivated unrealized potential in me that I would have never recognized.