Dr. James M. Beard
Professor of Chemistry
James M. Beard received a B.A. in chemistry from Manchester College in 1965 and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Stanford University in 1969. He then spent a year at Iowa State University as a Post-doctoral Research Associate in organic photochemistry.
After two years of teaching chemistry at Manchester College, he pursued a career as a clinical chemist. During the next twelve years, Dr. Beard worked as a product developer, quality control consultant and administrator in both hospital and industry settings. In 1985 he returned to chemical education as Associate Professor of Chemistry at Pikeville College. Since 1988 Dr. Beard has been a member of the faculty at Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina where he holds of title of Professor of Chemistry. Dr. Beard’s major interest at Catawba has been in environmental chemical education.