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During the 23 years he spent at Central, Dr. Allen Scism often played a role in campus governance and committee work in addition to his classroom duties.
Throughout his career, the professor emeritus of chemistry used his leadership skills to help make the university a great place to work and learn. He served as 1992-93 Faculty Senate president, and chaired that group’s Salary and Fringe Benefits, Constitutions, and By-laws committees. He chaired the College of Arts and Sciences Committee on Committees and Curriculum Committee, which as involved in various groups dealing with faculty searches as well as reaccreditation.
Dr. Scism came to the university in 1977 as an assistant professor and eventually became a full professor. His career also includes five years as an assistant professor in the Med-Prep Program at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and five years in private industry as a quality control, analytical chemist and methods development chemist.
His chemistry studies took place at Southeast Missouri State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1960, and at Southern Illinois University where he completed his master’s degree in 1962 and doctorate in 1972.
Dr. Scism and his wife, Nancy, have four children, Elizabeth, Jamie, Jennifer and Robert.