VP for Research

Don McGareyDonald McGarey, Interim Vice President for Research and Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, received his Bachelor and Masters of Science degrees in Microbiology from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge (LA) and his PhD in Biology from the University of South Florida in Tampa (FL).  Following postdoctoral training at the University of Florida’s Department of Infectious Diseases & Immunology in the College of Veterinary Medicine (Gainesville, FL), he worked for five years as an Assistant Professor at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL. While at Jacksonville, Don received the College of Letters and Science and the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 1995. In 1998, Don joined Kennesaw State University as an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology and Physics. There he rose through the ranks to become Chair of the Department of Biology and Physics, followed by Chair of the newly-formed Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology after consolidation with Southern Polytechnic State University. He continues an active research program in waterborne pathogens, water quality analyses and environmental assessment, which has been supported through external funding from the National Science Foundation, National Park Service, Department of Defense and various private, regional and state agency contracts.

For the past six years, Don has served as the American Society for Microbiology Branch Organization Committee (BOC) Region IV Planning Coordinator, overseeing funding and programming for six branch organizations representing eight states and Puerto Rico. The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) is the oldest and largest single life science membership organization in the world with a membership of more than 39,000 members, more than one third of whom are located outside the United States. In 2007, the Southeastern Branch of the American Society for Microbiology awarded Don with the Ivan Roth Award for outstanding service to the Branch, and in 2009, the Margaret Green Award for Outstanding Teaching in the field of microbiology.