PENSACOLA — Dr. Michael Huggins was appointed interim dean of the University of West Florida College of Arts and Sciences in August 2013. The Bonifay native and 1992 Holmes County High School graduate previously served as professor and chair for the Department of Chemistry.
“Mike is a proven university leader with a record of excellent contributions and service to the University,” said Martha Saunders, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs.
Huggins received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from UWF in 1996, and a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Nevada-Reno in 2000. He has received several awards and fellowships over the course of his career, including the University Faculty Distinguished Service Award and the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award. As a professor, Dr. Huggins has taught courses in organic chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, organic synthesis, structure elucidation and spectroscopy.
While at UWF, Huggins has led large research groups, with more than 75 undergraduate students working in his lab. Many of these students have been co-authors on peer-reviewed publications and have presented their work at national and international chemistry conferences. In addition, Dr. Huggins has worked on industrial contracts with numerous chemical companies in the Pensacola area and beyond.