Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
George C. Shields
As Furman’s chief academic officer, Shields is responsible for the faculty and related administrative departments that support all undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs. He joined the Furman administration in July 2016.
Before coming to Furman, Shields spent six years at Bucknell University as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, where he also oversaw the university’s School of Management and was a professor in the department of chemistry.
In addition to serving as founding dean of the College of Science and Technology at Armstrong Atlantic State University, he has also taught at Hamilton College and Lake Forest College. He is founder and director of the Molecular Education and Research Consortium in Undergraduate Computational Chemistry (MERCURY), a collaboration of 27 undergraduate research teams at 24 different institutions.
Shields enjoys a national reputation in the field of undergraduate research, having collaborated with more than 100 undergraduate students in the fields of computational chemistry, structural biochemistry and science education. He received the 2015 American Chemical Society (ACS) Award for Research at an Undergraduate Institution, and he currently serves on the executive board of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR).
Shields received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry and a doctorate in physical chemistry all from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His postdoctoral research on protein-DNA interactions at Yale University and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute was conducted in the laboratory of Professor Thomas Steitz, the 2009 Chemistry Nobel Laureate.