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Andrew G. De Rocco

Distinguished Alumnus 1999

  • B.S. 1956, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Purdue University

Andrew G. De Rocco is Connecticut's Commissioner of Higher Education, a post he has held since 1992. Prior to his appointment as Commissioner, he was president of Denison University in Granville, Ohio, having served previously as Dean of the Faculty and College Professor of the Natural Sciences at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. In addition, he had been affiliated with the Ohio Board of Regents and the Ohio Foundation of lndependent colleges. He received his B.S. in chemistry, physics, and mathematics from Purdue, and the M.S. and Ph.D in chemical physics from the University of Michigan. Dr. De Rocco has authored research papers, educational essays, book reviews, and commissioned studies. He has served as a consultant to the Office of the United States Secretary of Defense, IBM, the Association of American Colleges, the Charles A. Dana Foundation, and the Alfred E. Sloan Foundation, among others. Dr.De Rocco's professional affiliations include the American Phvslcal Society, the American Chemical Society, the Biophysical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, to which he was elected a Fellow. Dr. De Rocco is a member of the College of Science Dean's Advisory Council. In 1988 he was awarded the WiIIiam Rainey Harper Medal for distinguished contributions to higher education.

Career Highlights

  • 1988 awarded the WiIIiam Rainey Harper Medal for distinguished contributions to higher education
  • 1992 Connecticut's Commissioner of Higher Education
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