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academic administrator , biology professor

Luis M. Proenza, American academic administrator, biology professor.


Proenza, Luis M. was born on December 22, 1944 in Mexico City. Son of Luis and Sara Maria (Gonzalez) Proenza.


Bachelor in Psychology, Emory University, 1965. Master of Arts in Psychology, Ohio State University, 1966. Doctor of Philosophy in Neurobiology, University Minnesota, 1971.


Professor, director vision research laboratory University Georgia, Athens, 1971-1987, assistant to president, 1984-1986, university liaison for science and technical policy, 1986-1987. Study director National Academy of Sciences Committee on Vision, Washington, 1977-1979. Vice chancellor research, dean graduate school, professor biology University Alaska, Fairbanks, 1987-1992, acting vice president academy affairs and research, 1992-1994.

Vice president research, dean graduate school, professor biological science Purdue University, Würzburg. Lafayette, Indiana, 1994-1998. President, professor biology University Akron, Ohio, since 1999.

Vice chairman, commissioner United States Arctic Research Commission 1992-1996, advisory board, 1990-1992, 97-98, chairman executive resources board, 1994. President Arctic Research Consortium United States, 1988-1990, past. president, 1991-1992. Member National Biotechnology Policy Board, National Institutes of Health, 1990.

Member vision committee National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences, 1979-1982, study director 1977-1979. Advisor to governor science and technical policy State of Alaska, 1991-1994. Academy administration fellow American Council Education, 1983-1984.

Research fellow neuropsychology laboratory University Minnesota Medical School, 1968-1971. Consultant research associate department neurology and physiology University Utah, 1972. Senior research fellow Industrial Craft ² Institute University Texas, since 1998.

Visiting assistant professor neurosensory laboratory State University of New York, Buffalo, 1972. Assistant professor psychology University Americans, Mexico, 1967-1968. Member President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, since 2001.

Member national steering committee Council on Competitiveness, since 1999. Consultant in field.


  • Other Work

    • Co-editor: (with J.M. Enoch and A. Jampolski) Clinical Applications of Visual Psychophysics, 1981, (with J.E. Dowling and C. Atwell) Nutrition, Pharmacology and Vision, 1982. Contributor articles and abstracts to professional journals including Psychonomic Science, Physiology and Behavior, Vision Research, Journal General Physiology, many others. Speaker in field.

      Reviewer numerous journals.


Member executive committee Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce, since 1999, National Association State Universities and Lang-Grant Colleges Commission on Urban Agenda, since 1999. Member executive oun. Northeast Ohio TEch. Coalition, since 1999.

Member steering committee Clusters of Innovation, since 1999, Council on Competitiveness, since 1999. Member advisory council Emory University Graduate School Arts and Sciences, 1995-1998. Member Commonwealth North, Anchorage, 1987-1994.

Member executive committee Association Graduate Schools, Association American Universities, 197-98, nominating committee, 1995. Trustee Akron Tomorrow, since 1999. Trustee Northeastern Ohio Universities College Medicine, since 1999, Akron Civic Theatre.

Board directors Akron Roundtable, since 1999, Cleveland Tomorrow, since 2002, Northeast Ohio Council Higher Education, National Inventors Hall of Fame. Member National Coaliton for Advanced Manufacturing (board directors since 1999), Council on Foreign Relations, Union Club (Cleveland), City Club (Cleveland), 50 Club (Cleveland), Rotary, Golden Key, Phi Beta Delta, Sigma Xi.


  • Other Interests

    Sailing Apogee (44 foot sailing vessel built by Doctor Proenza and his wife) around Great Lakes region and East Coast of the United States.


Married Theresa Anne Butler, July 2, 1983.

Luis Proenza

Sara Maria (Gonzalez) Proenza

Theresa Anne Butler