Berry Names New Dean of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Release Date: June 05, 2014

Berry College Professor of Chemistry Gary Breton has been promoted to Dean of the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences. 

Breton has been a professor at Berry for 20 years, beginning in 1994. He has served as chair of the Chemistry Department, and was appointed interim dean in fall of 2013, when former Dean and Biology Professor Bruce Conn returned to teaching and his work with the U.S. Department of State.

Breton strongly believes that scientific research provides immense benefits to faculty members, students, and society as a whole.  During his time as dean he intends to focus on providing expanded opportunities for faculty and students to collaborate on research projects. Approximately 50 percent of students entering Berry each year are interested in majors in the sciences.  

“I intend to work with the chairs of the various science departments to ensure that each of these students obtains an excellent education in their chosen major,” Breton said.

Breton received his bachelor’s degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1987, earned his doctorate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1991, and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at UNC Chapel Hill. He has written a number of publications for chemistry journals, and is a member of the American Chemical Society and the academic honor societies Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi.