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Guyon, John C. (1931-) | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Name: Guyon, John C. (1931-)

Historical Note:

Guyon stepped in as acting chancellor in 1987 and seven months later, was chosen to fill the post permanently. By this time, Southern Illinois University Carbondale encompassed nine colleges, a graduate school and medical and law schools.

A year after he took office, Southern Illinois University Carbondale became the first U.S. university to open a campus in Japan.

During his tenure, the campus added several new buildings, including Life Science II and what now is know as the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center, an incubator for small business and technology.

A native of Washington, Pa., he came to Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1974, first as dean of the College of Science and then worked his way up to become associate vice chancellor for research and dean of the Graduate School. Prior to joining Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Guyon was at Memphis State University, where he served as professor and chair of the chemistry department from 1971 to 1974. Prior to that, he held the same jobs at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

He earned his doctoral degree in analytical chemistry from Purdue University, won several academic honors and initially worked in industry.

From "Chancellor John C. Guyon, 1987 - 1996" at

Sources: Southern Illinois University Website. "Chancellor John C. Guyon, 1987 - 1996" at
Note Author: Southern Illinois University Website.

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