Ronald Douglas and Jack Lunsford have been designated as Distinguished Professors at Texas A&M University effective Sept. 1.

Douglas, Texas A&M's executive vice president and provost, has been awarded the additional title of Distinguished Professor of Mathematics. Lunsford, who has taught chemistry at Texas A&M since 1966, has been named Distinguished Professor of Chemistry.

Each man has more than 35 years teaching experience at several universities.

"Dr. Douglas has made many contributions to mathematical research and he's been an innovator in curriculum reform," says William Rundell, head of the math department at Texas A&M.

"He's been very influential in setting math policy at the national level and he's had a long-term impact in the field of mathematics. It's fitting he's been named a Distinguished Professor because he's had such a distinguished career," Rundell adds.

Douglas holds degrees from the Illinois Institute of Technology and Louisiana State University. He has taught math at the University of Michigan and State University of New York at Stony Brook and has been a visiting professor in Sweden, Israel, England and Australia. He has published more than 100 research articles in mathematics. He came to Texas A&M in 1996 as the university's top academic officer.

Lunsford holds degrees from Texas A&M and Rice University. His principal research has been in the study of catalysts and catalytic reactions.

He has won numerous awards in chemistry, among them the Paul H. Emmett Award, the Humboldt Research Award and the American Chemical Society Award in Petroleum Chemistry.

"He is an outstanding teacher and one of the most respected people you'll find in the field of chemistry," says Michael Rosynek, associate head of chemistry. "He has well over 200 publications in chemistry journals. He has an international reputation that is certainly well deserved."

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