Meet the Candidate: Bruno

by Holly Brown

Dr. Joseph Bruno graduated from Augustana College cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He received his doctorate in organometallic chemistry from Northwestern University.

In 1984 he became an assistant professor of chemistry at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. Wesleyan awarded him with the position of associate professor in 1991, and in 1996 he was granted a full professorship.

Bruno has held many leadership positions at Wesleyan, including chair of the science planning initiative committee on education, department of chemistry chair, president of the Wesleyan chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and science representative on Wesleyan’s advisory committee. From 2003-2006 he served as the dean of natural sciences and mathematics. In 2006 he obtained the position of vice president for academic affairs and provost, and he is currently serving in this capacity.

Bruno has also been involved in several community service projects and organizations associated with Wesleyan University, including the Wesleyan Residential Life Group, the American Conference of Academic Deans, the Blue Ribbon Commission to Develop and Implement a Strategic Master Plan for Higher Education in Connecticut, Community Service Partnerships, the Wesleyan University Financial Aid Overview Group and many others.

Bruno’s career has garnered many grants and awards for research, as well, from both private and university-associated sponsors. He has published over 60 articles related to his field and has written two book reviews.

He has also given a significant number of lectures for universities and organizations including the American Chemical Society, the University of Massachusetts, Rhode Island College, Yale University, Brown University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College and the Brookhaven National Laboratory.

In his letter of application, Bruno expresses his support of the liberal arts ideology, commends Transy for our 225th anniversary goals and discusses work that he has contributed for the improvement of Wesleyan. In his closing he states that he would “relish the chance to join the Transylvania community as president.” Bruno’s application is open to the Transylvania community and available for viewing at the library.


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