Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt is the former provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Bobbitt earned his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Iowa State University and his B.S. degree with high honors in chemistry from the University of Arkansas. His area of research expertise is bio-analytical chemistry, and he holds two patents in the field. In addition to having published and lectured extensively throughout his career, Dr. Bobbitt has received significant research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He has also served as a consultant for Shell Chemical Company, Sanyo Chemical Company, and Johnson and Johnson Pharmaceutical.
Prior to his appointment at UT Arlington, from 2003 to 2008, Dr. Bobbitt served as dean of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where he was a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and director of the Arkansas Biosciences Institute. During his tenure as dean, Bobbitt led a large and diverse college of arts and sciences, including 19 academic departments and almost 7,000 students. Under his leadership, external funding for the college increased from $14 million to $27 million and the number of endowed chairs and professorships grew from one to 25 – fueled by $74 million in fundraising. He has received numerous honors and awards, including the Alumni Association Award in Teaching and Research from the University of Arkansas.