FACSS Distinguished Service Award

The FACSS Governing Board presents a Distinguished Service Award to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional, long-term service to the FACSS organization. Typically, that person will have served with excellence in many different capacities and will have contributed to the continuing success of FACSS through consistent dedication and sacrifice.

A candidate for the Distinguished Service Award must be nominated via a written petition, which enumerates the candidate's major contributions. The petition must be signed by at least four delegates, each representing a different member organization of FACSS. The signed petition must be submitted to the executive committee at least 30 days before the Governing Board meeting held at Pittcon in order to be considered and presented at SciX. A Distinguished Service Award will be awarded to the candidate if the Governing Board approved the petition by a majority vote.


Ron Williams, Middle Georgia State College, Macon Georgia

Ron Williams is Dean of Arts & Sciences at Middle Georgia State College in Macon, Georgia.  He came to Macon after serving as Dean of Science, Engineering and Technology at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan and, before that, was head of Chemistry and Physics at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah Georgia. He taught at Clemson University from 1988 through 1998.  He started his teaching career at Ohio University in 1982 after spending a year as a Post Doctoral fellow in Dr. Gary Horlick’s laboratory. He graduated with his PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Georgia in 1981 under the tutelage of the esteemed Dr. Geoffrey Coleman. His research interests have spanned chemometrics, spectroscopy and computer automation.  He has served as Program Chair and Governing Board chair of the FACSS organization, as well as secretary and workshops chair. 

Edward J. Havlena

Past Recipients

2013 - Mark A. Hayes and Cynthia M. Lilly
2012 - O Karmie Galle and Bruce Chase
2011 - Patricia B. Coleman and Jon W. Carnahan
2010 - Scott McGeorge and Alexander Scheeline
2009 - Paul Bourassa and Mike Carrabba
2003 - Jeanette Grasselli Brown
2001 - David Coleman
1994 - L. Felix Schneider
1993 - Edward Brame and Syd Fleming