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Matthew Platz confirmed as UH Hilo Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Matthew Platz


I am pleased to announce that, after a national search process, Dr. Matthew Platz accepted my offer of the position as Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at UH Hilo. President Greenwood today confirmed his appointment.

Dr. Platz will be joining us as Vice Chancellor in January, 2013. In the meantime, he will be making several extended visits to the campus so that he can participate in planning and get to know the campus.

Dr. Platz is currently Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry at the Ohio State University and Director of the Division of Chemistry at the National Science Foundation.

We look forward to him joining our ‘ohana.

Don Straney


Matthew Platz

B.Sc 1973 Chemistry, Mathematics SUNY Albany
Ph.D 1977 Chemistry Yale University
Post Doctoral 1977 NSF-Fellowship University of Chicago

Positions Held
1978 – 1983 Assistant Professor Ohio State University
1983 – 1987 Associate Professor Ohio State University
1987 – Present Full Professor Ohio State University
1994 – 1999 Department Chair Ohio State University
2006 – 2010 Vice Provost Ohio State University
2010- Director of the Division of Chemistry, National Science Foundation

Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award of the American Chemical Society
Remsen Award of the Maryland Section of the American Chemical Society
Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar
Sloan Fellowship
OSU Distinguished Scholar Award
OSU Outstanding Teaching Award
OSU Distinguished University Professor