Robert L. Ford, Ph.D

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Robert L Ford is CEO of DRF Industries LLC. He is Treasurer and Houston Community College Foundation Board Finance and Investment Committee Chair, vice president of the Rotary Club of Hermann Park, former Board Chair of Bridging the Digital Divide, Inc., Executive Advisory Board Member for the National Basketball Retired Players Association – Houston Chapter and a recent AdvancED K-12 External Reviewer. Bob is a member of the Shared Decision-Making Committee and the Community Council for Yates High, School and a former member of the Board of the Texas Center for African American Living History. He is a former TSU Enactus Faculty Advisor and current TSU Enactus Business Advisor. He is a Citizens Schools Teacher, having developed an America: A Smart Energy Society Apprenticeship at Patrick Henry Middle School. He is a member of the Southern University College of Science and Engineering Industry Advisory Board and a member of the Texas Southern University College of Science, Engineering, and Technology Industry Board of Advisors. Dr. Ford was a leader in developing and managing the U.S. Department of Energy-funded Environmental Restoration and Waste Management Consortium of 17 minority-serving institutions leading to establishment of PhD programs in environmental science and engineering at five of the institutions. He won the first Environmental Education grant, awarded by the EPA Environmental Education Trust Fund. Bob is retired as Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Center for STEM Education and Outreach (C-SEO) at Texas Southern University.

Dr. Ford was a member of the Houston-Luanda Sister City Association and a member of the Thompson Elementary Shared Decision-Making Committee, as well as TSU Faculty Senator and President of the Earl Carl Institute for Legal and Social Policy. He was the TSU GLOBE Partnership Coordinator and represented the College of Science and Technology on the University Research Council. He chaired the College of Science and Technology Fundraising, Events, and Public Relations Committees. At Texas Southern University, Bob served as Associate Provost for Research and was the Interim Chair of the TSU Chemistry Department. At Fort Valley State University, he served as Vice President for Advancement and Research, as well as Vice Chancellor for Research at Southern University in Baton Rouge.

Dr. Ford was a Research Scientist at Xerox Corporation (Rochester, NY and Palo Alto, CA) in the 1970’s and served as Assistant Secretary for Community Services for the Louisiana Department of Urban and Community Affairs. Ford has international business and energy technology experience in South Africa, The Republic of the Gambia, Senegal, Nigeria, Taiwan, Germany, China, Brazil, Belize, and The Netherlands. He has visited China, Singapore, and Malaysia to study STEM student and professional development. Ford earned his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry is from Purdue University at Lafayette, IN, where he was recently recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus by both institutions.