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Goldwater Foundation Names New President


5/24/2012

The Board of Trustees of The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. W. Franklin Gilmore as President of The Foundation. Dr. Gilmore’s appointment has been formally approved by the Executive Office of the President, making Dr. Gilmore only the second person to hold the title in The Foundation’s 26-year history.

Dr. Gilmore, a native of Mississippi, is Chancellor Emeritus of Montana Tech of the University of Montana and Professor Emeritus of the University of Mississippi. He holds an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Virginia Military Institute, a doctoral degree in Organic Chemistry with a minor in Industrial Management from MIT, and pursued post-doctoral studies at NIH, Florida State University, the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Harvard University in Molecular Biophysics, Law, Physiology, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Educational Management.

In addition to his numerous academic, research and philanthropic distinctions, including his 22 years as a member of the Goldwater Scholar Review Committee, Dr. Gilmore’s commitment to our nation has been unwaivering, beginning with his teenage obligation as a Marine Corps reservist through his active duty in the United States Army and the Army Reserve as a Captain.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Foundation, established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Goldwater, is the premier undergraduate scholarship of its kind in the nation. Frank, the name most know him by, expressed his excitement about the opportunity to continue to promote the mission of the Foundation to encourage and support highly qualified individuals in their academic studies and research : "America’s strength in math, science and engineering , the disciplines for which Goldwater Scholarships are awarded, is a critical part of our security and economic wellbeing." Dr. Gilmore is most appreciative of the assistance of those who supported him for this position and he especially recognizes the support of Senators Baucus and Tester of Montana and Senator Cochran of Mississippi.