National Mathematics Advisory Panel
Larry R. Faulkner is President of Houston Endowment, a private philanthropy established by Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones. He is also President Emeritus of The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Faulkner was born in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1944. He received a B.S. degree from Southern Methodist University in 1966 and was awarded a Ph.D. in chemistry in 1969 from The University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Faulkner served on the chemistry faculties of Harvard University (1969-1973), the University of Illinois (1973-1983, 1984-1998), and the University of Texas (1983-1984, 1998-2006). At Illinois, he was also Head of the Department of Chemistry, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
In 1998, he returned to the University of Texas at Austin as the 27th president, and served into 2006. Faulkner became President of Houston Endowment Inc. on February 1, 2006.
Dr. Faulkner has published more than 120 scientific papers and directed 40 doctoral theses. He also is co-author (with Allen J. Bard) of the prominent text, Electrochemical Methods: Fundamentals and Applications, and is co-inventor (with Peixin He and James Avery) of the cybernetic potentiostat, which had a lasting impact on the design of commercial analytical instruments.
He has been recognized with the Electrochemical Society's Edward Goodrich Acheson Medal, the American Chemical Society Award in Analytical Chemistry, the U.S. Department of Energy Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement in Materials Chemistry, and the Charles N. Reilly Award of the Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry. In 2003, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
As President of The University of Texas at Austin, he oversaw a seven-year capital campaign that raised over $1.6 billion. He also appointed and supported the work of the Commission of 125, a citizens' group that provided guidance on the future of the University and its relationship to the public. Other significant achievements included the development of the Blanton Museum of Art, the acquisition of the Suida-Manning Collection of European Art and the Woodward-Bernstein Watergate Archive, and the creation of innovative scholarship programs that helped to restore UT's minority student enrollment.
He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Internet2 and also serves on the boards of Temple-Inland, Sandia National Laboratories, and Guaranty Bank.