Alumni Spotlight

Merrick Scholarship Recipient
University of Pittsburgh – Bachelor’s Chemistry & History
University of Michigan – M.S. & PhD Inorganic Chemistry

Classmates may remember Ted Boron as the “Biggest Bookworm” and “Most Intelligent” of the 2003 class, but would you be surprised to know that Ted recently became the Chemistry Department Chair at Slippery Rock University? Ted has spent the last 10 years at Slippery Rock, working his way up as an assistant professor, to an associate, and now in 2023 a full-professor and chair of his department. His primary responsibilities include teaching general chemistry and the inorganic chemistry capstone courses. However, that is just the recent list of incredible accomplishments for Dr. Boron. Ted now maintains an active research group focusing on developing novel magnetic materials. He has contributed research toward multiple publications on Molecular Magnetism. His research, however, goes back to his time at the University of Michigan where he received his Masters and PhD. You can catch up on Ted’s research, such as “The nature of the bridging ligand controls the single-molecule magnetic properties of DyX4M-Metallacrown-4 complexes”, HERE.

While at Michigan, Ted was also selected as a Chateaubriand Fellow from the French Embassy and studied at the Universite Paris Sud, in Bures-sur-Yvette, France. The prestigious honor granted him the opportunity of a lifetime, six months living in the Ile-de-France around Paris. When his nose wasn’t in the books, he was busy protecting the net as the goalie for the Seton LaSalle Ice Hockey team! Ted was the goaltender for the Rebels in his final three years of high school, after playing as a winger his freshman season. Off the ice, he was a National Honor Society member and tutor for his peers, a member of Campus Ministry and served as a Eucharistic Minister his senior year.

Outside of the halls of Slippery Rock, Ted enjoys spending time with his wife Cecily and their four year old son, Teddy. Ted met Cecily during their time at Pitt. Cecily earned a PhD of her own in Industrial Organizational Psychology from the University of Akron and now works as a Talent Manager at Boston Consulting Group. The Boron family enjoys going on hikes, playing outside, and working in their garden.
For those that recognize the Boron name, you may also remember Ted’s younger sister Elaine. Elaine was the salutatorian of the class of 2005! Today, you may know her better as Dr. Ellie Maloney at UPMC St. Margaret. After Seton LaSalle, she studied at Allegheny College and Philadelphia College of Medicine. Ellie and her husband Doug have two sons, Oliver (4) and Logan (2).