Special Advisor to the Chancellor for Economic Development, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Until July 1, 2011, Mary L. Good served as a Donaghey College Professor and Dean for the Donaghey College of Engineering & Information Technology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Currently, Dr. Good serves as a Special Advisor to the Chancellor for Economic Development at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is a managing member for the Fund for Arkansas’ Future, LLC. (an investment fund for start-up and early stage companies), past President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), past President of the American Chemical Society (ACS), and an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering. She presently serves on the Boards of St. Vincent Health System, Delta Bank and Trust, and the Methodist Family Health Foundation.
Previously, she served a four-year term as the Under Secretary for Technology for the Technology Administration in the Department of Commerce, a presidentially appointed, Senate confirmed, position. In addition, she chaired the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Technological Innovation (NSTC/CTI), and served on the NSTC Committee on National Security. Previously she has served as the Senior Vice President for Technology for Allied Signal and as the Boyd Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science at Louisiana State University.
She was appointed to the National Science Board by President Carter in 1980 and by President Reagan in 1986. She was the chair of that board from 1988-91, when she received an appointment by President Bush to be a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
She has received many awards, including the National Science Foundation’s Distinguished Public Service Award, the American Institute of Chemists’ Gold Medal, the Priestly Medal from the American Chemical Society, and the Vannevar Bush Award from the National Science Board, among others. Dr. Good is a member of the Science, Technology and Economic Policy (STEP) Board of the National Research Council of the National Academies where she serves as the co-chair of the Committee for Comparative Innovation Policy: Best Practice for the 21st Century. She is an elected member of the Swedish Academy of Engineering, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Academy of Art and Sciences.
Good received her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Central Arkansas and her MS and Ph.D. degrees in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She has received over twenty honorary degrees including Duke University, University of Michigan, and Louisiana State University.