Dr. Cheryl L. Stevens earned her BS degree at the University of Tampa in chemistry and PhD at the University of New Orleans in chemistry with a focus on X-ray crystallography. After a post-doctoral research appointment at the University of New Orleans, she joined the faculty in the Department of Chemistry at Xavier University of Louisiana where she served for 29.5 years. During that time, she also served as Director of National Institutes of Health funded Student Development programs, Faculty Research and Development programs, director of a core research lab on Drug Design, Chemistry Department Chair, and Associate Dean for Research for the College of Arts and Sciences. In 2012, Dr. Stevens became Dean of Ogden College of Science and Engineering at Western Kentucky University where she also serves as the President of the Western Kentucky University Research Foundation. Her research interests are in the area of cancer research especially as it relates to the design of new compounds that can be used as inhibitors of cancer initiation and tumor growth. She has served as Principle Investigator on over $19 M of external grants and has over 70 publications in peer reviewed journals.