Belton, Texas—The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Board of Trustees has awarded Dr. Darrell Watson the title Professor Emeritus upon the occasion of his retirement as of May 11, 2012. Culminating a long and successful career at UMHB, Watson has most recently served as Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and holder of the Amy LeVesconte Professorship. In May he was also named Piper Professor of 2012 by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation of San Antonio in recognition of his superior teaching at the college level.
Dr. Watson has taught chemistry and directed student research at UMHB for 31 years. During those years, he has also served as chairman of the chemistry department and dean of the College of Sciences and Humanities. In 1977, he sponsored the establishment of the Sigma Pi Chemistry Club, which was officially chartered by the American Chemical Society. During its 34 years, this chapter has been recognized as an “Outstanding Chapter” by the American Chemical Society more than 20 times.
During his tenure at UMHB, Dr. Watson also developed his popular Chem Camp summer program for elementary and middle school students, and he was the founder and first full-time director of the UMHB Science Education Resource Center to support K through 12 science education. In addition to his work in the classroom, he has published numerous research papers and holds a patent on the anticonvulsant drug Lacosamide.