Dr. Joseph W. Bruno Biography
President-elect Dr. Joseph W. Bruno, a native of Chicago, is currently a Professor of Chemistry at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.
Since joining the faculty of Wesleyan in 1984, Dr. Bruno has served in different leadership roles, including the Chair of the Chemistry Department, Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, President of the university's Gamma of Connecticut chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. He has also served as Faculty Chair of the Tenure and Promotion Committee, led ongoing strategic planning for the university and, with the Chief Financial Officer, was an advisor to the Wesleyan's President on all budgetary matters.
He has taught introductory chemistry, organic chemistry, advanced electives in inorganic and organometallic chemistry, and several levels of laboratory courses. While at Wesleyan, he developed an organometallic chemistry research program and authored about 60 publications and patents, most of which were coauthored with students he mentored in his lab.
Dr. Bruno received his undergraduate education from the small, liberal arts college, Augustana College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He completed his thesis parts appointee at Argonne National Laboratory in 1982. He continued his education at Northwestern University, where he completed both his graduate and doctoral degrees in organometallic chemistry. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Indiana University prior to joining the faculty at Wesleyan University in 1984.
Dr. Bruno is married to Diane, a human resources consultant. They have one daughter, Lisa, a 2009 graduate of Mount Holyoke College who is a development associate at Read Alliance, a non-profit foundation that focuses on improving the academic skills of children in New York City neighborhoods.
Dr. Bruno will become Marietta's 18th President on July 1, 2012.