LSU chemistry professor Isiah Warner was recently named the top professor in the Southern Eastern Conference.

Warner, a Bunkie native, was recognized as the 2016 SEC Professor of the Year last week — an annual recognition that comes along with a $20,000 honorarium.

“On behalf of the 14 SEC presidents and chancellors, I am delighted to extend congratulations to Dr. Isiah Warner from LSU on being named the 2016 SEC Professor of the Year,” Nicholas S. Zeppos, chancellor of Vanderbilt University and president of the Southeastern Conference, said in a statement. “Dr. Warner embodies the most desirable qualities we seek in the professoriate, and his commitment to students and passion for research are to be commended.”

At LSU, Warner is the vice president for strategic initiatives and is “considered to be one of the world’s experts in analytical applications of fluorescence spectroscopy,” according to an LSU news release.

Warner is both a Fulbright scholar, who conducted a fellowship in Kenya, and has chaired or served on committees for the National Science Foundation, the National Research Council and the American Chemical Society. At LSU, he has previously chaired the Department of Chemistry and led efforts to recruit minorities in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

“Because of his unwavering commitment and success in mentoring underrepresented minorities in the STEM disciplines, LSU is ranked first in the nation in the production of African-Americans with Ph.D.’s in chemistry,” LSU President F. King Alexander said.

in a statement. “Professor Warner’s scholarly credentials place him in the upper echelon of faculty in research-intensive universities, and he is the epitome of what the SEC Professor of the Year Award represents.”

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