CEF Names Dwayne Sattler as Executive Director

ARLINGTON, VA – March 21, 2017   The Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF) announced today that it has named Dwayne G. Sattler as Executive Director of the Foundation effective April 3, 2017. Sattler comes to CEF from The Ohio State University (OSU) where he served as Managing Director of “SpotOn,” a national STEM education technology initiative within the College of Education and Human Ecology.

Prior to that, Sattler was Associate Vice President for Policy in OSU’s Office of Research. In that role, he directed corporate and public sector relationship efforts for the Ohio Technology Consortium, a membership-based organization of technology centers. His efforts resulted in securing $30M in external funding to run the consortium’s industrial research services and STEM education programs. He also led the capabilities assessment for a new initiative to expand the programming in the K-12 area, a two-year, cross-capability analysis that led to the idea for “SpotOn,” which he was then asked to develop and manage.

“We are excited to bring Dwayne on to lead CEF and our outstanding programs. His experience in STEM initiatives and relationship building with stakeholders in science education will contribute significantly to CEF’s growth and expansion,” said Bruce Schechinger, President, CEF Board of Trustees and President/CEO, BHS Marketing, LLC based in Salt Lake City, UT. “The search committee was impressed with Dwayne’s leadership experience, passion for building multi-faceted STEM initiatives, fundraising capabilities, and work with donor engagement.”

“CEF has built an incredible set of programs targeted at the K-8 population with regard to STEM and specifically chemistry. They are primed for real growth and the resources developed to date are superior in providing educators with a roadmap for teaching chemistry at all levels. I’m excited to join this outstanding organization, to lead the next phase of its growth, and to work with the chemical industry, which is so vital to our everyday lives,” said Sattler.

In addition to STEM programs, Sattler has led public policy initiatives through his own consulting firm, Network Government Relations, with two offices, one in Washington, DC, and one in Columbus, OH, and as the full-time Director of Public Policy and Public Affairs at the Ohio Supercomputer Center. Prior to these positions, he worked for then-Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mike DeWine and subsequently as his Legislative Assistant in Washington, DC, after DeWine’s election to the U. S. Senate. Sattler also served as Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee on Employment and Training. In that role, he led legislative efforts to pass the Workforce Investment Act, which included the reauthorization of the Carl Perkins Vocational Education Act and the Adult Education Act. He was also instrumental in the reauthorizations of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Higher Education Act, and National Science Foundation.

Sattler is working toward his Master of Arts, Public Policy & Management from The Ohio State University (anticipated 2017) and holds a Bachelor of Arts, Communications from Bowling Green State University.


The Chemical Educational Foundation® (CEF) strives to improve the overall understanding and appreciation of chemistry and inspire future leaders to pursue science-related careers. Last year, CEF’s You Be The Chemist® STEM programs reached nearly one million students nationwide. For more information, please visit www.chemed.org.


Above left, photo by Colin Coleman. Please attribute the remaining photos to the Chemical Educational Foundation.