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George Henry Emert

George Henry Emert, American former academic administrator, biochemist. Achievements include patent for method for enzyme reutilization. Named to Educators Hall of Fame, Lincoln Memorial University, 1988.


  • Emert, George Henry was born on December 15, 1938 in Tennessee, United States. Son of Victor K. Emert and Hazel G. (Shultz) Ridley.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, University Colorado, 1962. Master of Arts, Colorado State University, 1970. Doctor of Philosophy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute University, 1973.


    • Microbiologist Colorado Department Public Health, Denver, 1967-1970. Post doctoral fellow University Colorado, Boulder, 1973-1974. Director biochemistry technical Gulf Oil Corporation, Merriam, Kansas, 1974-1979.

      Professor biochemistry, director biomass research center University Arkansas, Fayetteville, 1979-1984. Executive vice president Auburn (Alabama) University, 1984-1992. President Utah State University, Logan, 1992—2000, president emeritus, porf. biochemistry, since 2001.

      Adjunct professor microbiology University Kansas, Lawrence, 1975-1979.

    Major achievements

    • Achievements include patent for method for enzyme reutilization.


    • Editor, author: Fuels from Biomass and Wastes, 1981. Author book chapter. Contributor articles to professional journals
    • poet.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Member Southern Technology Council, Raleigh, North Carolina, 1985-1992. Director Alabama Supercomputer Authority, Montgomery, 1987-1992, Blue Cross Blue Shield Utah, since 1996, Utah Partnership Economic Development. Trustee, advisory board First Security Bank.

    Captain United States Army, 1963-1966, Vietnam. Fellow American Institute Chemists. Member Rotary (Paul Harris fellow, president, vice president 1989-1990), Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Xi.


    • Married Billie M. Bush, June 10, 1967. Children: Debra Lea Lipp, Ann Lanie Taylor, Laurie Elizabeth, Jamie Marie.
    • father: Victor K. Emert Ridley
    • mother: Hazel G. (Shultz) Ridley
    • spouse: Billie M. Bush
    • children: Debra Lea Lipp Emert
    • Ann Lanie Taylor Emert
    • Laurie Elizabeth Emert
    • Jamie Marie Emert
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    Born December 15, 1938
    • 1962
      University Colorado
    • 1970
      Colorado State University
    • 1973
      Virginia Technology University
    • 1967 - 1970
      Microbiologist, Colorado Department Public Health
      Denver, Colorado, United States
    • 1973 - 1974
      post doctoral fellow, University Colorado
      Boulder, Colorado, United States
    • 1974 - 1979
      director, biochemical technical Gulf Oil Corporation
      Kansas, United States
    • 1979 - 1984
      professor, biomass research center University Arkansas
      Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States
    • 1979 - 1984
      director, biomass research center University Arkansas
      Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States
    • 1984 - 1992
      executive, vice president Auburn (Alabama) University
    • 1992
      president, Utah State University
      Logan, Utah, United States
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