John Wettaw

John Wettaw
Northern Arizona University

More than a chemistry professor

Dr. John Wettaw came to Northern Arizona University in 1967 and insists that he is “just a chemistry professor.” But to Northern Arizona University, he is much more. 


  • served Arizona’s legislature for 28 years supporting higher education
  • is a role model instructor, having had 15,000 students in his classroom
  • pushed forward funding for the university’s much-needed chemistry building which Arizona named in his honor
  • founded the Nancy and Henry Wettaw Chemistry Scholarship, honoring his parents

This endowed fund supports hundreds of Northern Arizona University students and will do so in perpetuity, an ample reflection of Wettaw’s humble generosity. “Giving back enhances your education, your future in the profession, and your life,” is the philosophy he passes on to his students. In fact, Dr. Kim Gibson, 2000 BS, a Flagstaff pharmacist, brings the philosophy to her career as she mentors new pharmacists at the Flagstaff Medical Center. “Through Dr. Wettaw I learned the importance of using my education to assist others in their endeavors to succeed,” she said.