David Oxtoby

  • Pomona College

David Oxtoby is president of Pomona College, a position he has held since 2003, and is a Professor of Chemistry there. Previously, David was dean of the Division of Physical Sciences at the University of Chicago, where he was the William Rainey Harper Distinguished Service Professor. He joined the faculty at Chicago in 1977. As a research chemist, he is author or co-author of numerous scientific articles and is co-author of two first-year chemistry textbooks. David has been a visiting professor at the University of Paris, the University of Bristol, and the University of Sydney. His work has been recognized through fellowships from the Guggenheim, Sloan, Dreyfus, von Humboldt, Danforth, and National Science foundations. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the American Chemical Society. David currently serves on the Harvard University’s Board of Overseers, Presidential Advisory Committee of the Research Corporation for Science Advancement, and the Science Education Board for Howard Hughes Medical Center. David earned his Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of California-Berkeley.