Dr. John B. Sapp, Jr. was a native Texan, born in Galveston, Texas. He attended Texas Southern University (TSU) and received a BS degree (1962) and an MS degree (1964). He later attended the University of Houston and received his Ph.D. (1971). He began his teaching career at TSU in 1964 and had done further study at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. During his tenure at TSU he mentored many students at the Masters and Doctoral level and had many peer reviewed publications. He served as Associate Dean and Interim Dean on more than one occasion. He was the chair of the Chemistry Department since 2001.