Dr. Vincent Gutschick
Board of Trustees, Teacher
Email: vince.gutschick@gmail.com
Board position:Chairman
Subjects taught:chemistry, physics, technology, tennis, world culture

Contact information

email: vince@lascrucesacademy.org
phone: 575-571-2269

Biographical Information

Vince joined his wife as she founded the school in 2007, as business manager, bookkeeper, IT person, publicity manager, handyman... He became Chair of the Board of Trustees in 2009. Using his PhD degree in chemistry/chemical physics and the experience of his long career in scientific research, teaching, and management, he has taken to teaching science and technology. Details are in his biography in the section on Board Members. With his wife Dr. Lou Ellen Kay, Head of School, he has been to 38 nations; they share their knowledge of world culture with the students informally and in some special sessions.

Board Chair and also a teacher (see Teachers), Dr. Gutschick has had a lifelong career in academia, including positions in scientific research at a number of universities, a combined teaching & research position for 22 years at New Mexico State University (NMSU), and a variety of visiting appointments in the US, Germany, Australia, and France. He retired from NMSU in January, 2008 to develop a company for consulting on global change issues that he founded with his wife, Dr. Lou Ellen Kay, the director of the Las Cruces Academy.

In the course of his career, Dr. Gutschick has taught at the university and adult education levels (courses in biology, ecology, plant physiology, botany, biophysics, computer modeling, mathematical biology, instrumentation, and photography).  In his laboratory, he has mentored a high-school student, 17 undergraduate students, and 22 graduate students (M.S. and Ph. D.) from the US and 6 other nations.  He frequently does lectures and demonstrations for elementary schools, high schools, and the general public and has participated in NASA’s Fly High program.  His administrative experience covers that of federal and regional research grants that he was awarded, as well as a year of running a $25M cluster of grant-awarding programs at the National Science Foundation and 3 years as director of a 6-university consortium in New Mexico.  A source of enrichment of his career, courses, and outreach work has been extensive travel to 35 nations on 6 continents for research, professional writing, and tourism; similarly, he pursues photography, electronics, and several sports, and he enjoys learning about cultures and languages; he speaks French.  He credits many wonderful teachers, from 4th-grade geography through graduate school, for his career and rewarding lifestyle.

His full curriculum vitae is at the website of his consulting company, Global Change Consulting Consortium, Inc.

Current position:

Professor emeritus, Department of Biology, New Mexico State University.  Still active in research, in outreach programs, and as Ph. D. advisor for 3 graduate students.
Director, Global Change Consulting Consortium, Inc., Las Cruces, NM – start-up firm; Web site, http://gcconsortium.com, is near its full development.
Chair, Board of Trustees, and teacher, Las Cruces Academy, school for underserved gifted children, Las Cruces, NM.

Career summary:

University of Notre Dame, B. S., chemistry, 1966
California Institute of Technology, Ph. D., chemistry / chemical physics, 1971
Postdoctoral work and instructorships at University of California, Berkeley; Yale University, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1971-1977
Los Alamos National Laboratory: consultant, 1977-1978; staff member, 1978-1985
New Mexico State University: associate professor, 1985-1991; professor, 1991-2007
Visiting appointments at: Georg August Universität, Göttingen, Germany, 1989; CSIRO, Canberra, Australia, 1991; LaTrobe University, Melbourne, Australia, 1991; Carnegie Institution, Stanford, CA, 1992; Australian National University, Canberra, 1994, 1995, 1996; INRA, Montpellier, France, 1999-2000
Program officer, National Science Foundation, 1992-1993
Held scientific research grants from the US Dept. of Energy, US Geological Survey, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, and National Science Foundation
Reviewer over the years for 28 scientific journals and 5 federal agencies
Author and co-author of 77 articles and book chapters in 30 different scientific journals in ecology, agriculture, physiology, physics, and chemistry; 9 scientific reports; 1 book; 1 film; holder of a patent on instrumentation
Presented over 100 seminars and oral and poster presentations at universities, research institutions, and professional meetings in the US and 7 other nations


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