Location Update: Chemistry Graduation Ceremony

Congratulations Class of 2016! 

The Chemistry Department’s Graduation Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 13th at 6:00 pm at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, Exhibit Hall C (403 N. 3rd Street, Richmond, VA  23219). Dr. James Frazier from Pfizer Consumer Healthcare will be speaking at graduation.

Information about parking can be found at: http://www.richmondcenter.com/attending/parking-directions/.  Expect to encounter traffic on your commute to graduation, we have had family members miss graduation in the past due to traffic.

Please contact the Chemistry Main Office for any accessibility questions or requests

Dr. James Owen Frazier

Senior Director

Global R&D Technology & Operations Leader

Pfizer Consumer Healthcare


James Frazier attended undergraduate school at the University of Kansas majoring in Chemistry and Biochemistry. He attended graduate school at Virginia Tech where he obtained a masters degree in Organic Synthesis with Professor Tomas Hudlicky and a doctorate in Analytical Chemistry with Professor Harold McNair. After graduation James joined the American Cyanamid Company in New Jersey where he worked on animal based drugs and then moved to Schering Plough where his research was focused on human based drugs.  In 1997 James and Ruth, a newly minted Ph.D., moved to Richmond with their two children and started working in the consumer business. Since that time James has been part of over 50 product launches, in over 90 countries. He currently leads the Global R&D Technology and Operations team at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare here in Richmond and he enjoys weekends on the farm where he and Ruth raise cattle as a hobby.