The Board of Trustees on June 22 honored Dr. Chris Dalton’s 30 years of dedication to the University by naming him Trustee Professor. Dalton, who retires July 31, oversaw BGSU’s budget for 20 years, following a distinguished career in organic photochemistry.
Dr. Chris Dalton
Dalton became vice president for planning and budgeting in 1987, when Paul Olscamp was BGSU president, and was named senior vice president for finance and administration in 1999, overseeing 21 units on campus. He stepped down from that position May 31. He continues to hold a tenured position in the chemistry department.
He began teaching at BGSU as an associate professor in 1977 and was promoted to professor in 1983. Dalton came to BGSU from the University of Rochester, where, as a young scientist, he had already published dozens of papers and was well known in his field. He helped strengthen BGSU’s fledgling Center for Photochemical Sciences and was its administrative director from 1985-1987, when he moved to the University budget office.
Before joining the administration, he had become involved in University finances through his service on the Faculty Senate Budget Committee, which he chaired for several years.
Over the years, Dalton’s expertise has been recognized statewide and his opinions widely sought by colleagues, the trustees remarked in their resolution, noting his “diligent management of University resources, careful stewardship of budgets and encouragement of key University initiatives.”
According to Dr. Donald Nieman, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, “he has provided extraordinary leadership for the University, earning a reputation for hard work, creativity, commitment to high quality academic programs, absolute integrity and a passion for BGSU.”
The title of Trustee Professor may be designated for senior administrators who have served with distinction in those roles for 10 years or more, hold tenured academic positions and are leaving full-time administrative service.