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Beth D. Kochly

Associate Provost for Curriculum and Academic Resources

About

Beth Kochly serves as the Associate Provost for Curriculum and Academic Resources and as a Professor of Chemistry. Kochly joined Mills in 2008 as a faculty member and has held many and varied faculty leadership roles at the college. Her training as a scientist has instilled in her a strong work ethic, a sharp attention to detail, an analytical approach to problem solving, and the aptitude to persevere through challenge.

In her current role, Kochly works with faculty and staff in Academic Affairs to cultivate trust, uphold shared governance, launch academic initiatives, foster curricular innovation, improve academic processes and organization, increase cross-departmental collaboration, ensure equitable and responsible distribution of resources, and support student success. She also has worked with other leadership team members to support the Mills campus in navigating health and safety guidelines while teaching and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kochly believes that racial and gender justice are key to the future success of higher education and is an advocate for underrepresented and marginalized groups in STEM fields and beyond. Her leadership style is collaborative, team-based, and welcoming of all voices and perspectives. She sees her leadership roles as service opportunities and approaches them with patience, humility, and empathy.

Kochly is a physical organic chemist whose research explores reaction mechanisms and reactive intermediates in ionic liquids. She directs the Russell Women in Science Leadership Program at Mills, and has trained and mentored numerous undergraduate student researchers in projects related to solvolysis reactions in ionic liquids.

Kochly holds a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Notre Dame and a BS in chemistry from the University of California, Davis. Kochly is a proud alumna of the HERS Leadership Institute and the ACE Leadership Academy and is an active member of the American Chemical Society.

Beth D. Kochly

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