Leadership searches

Vice President of Research and Innovation (Presidential search)

As the university’s leader for research and innovation, this position will provide strategic and operational leadership as VCU continues to ascend to higher levels in research and innovation. The Vice President will be responsible for ensuring that VCU faculty and staff have the resources, information, and training needed to continue to produce the most cutting edge research; are competitive in securing external funding; are provided opportunities to work collaboratively across disciplines, nationally and internationally; have the tools to develop world-class scholarship, research and creative expression; and are equipped to advance contributions to the community at large. The Vice President will also be expected to seek out emerging opportunities, develop new initiatives and research directions to promote and enhance the contributions to new knowledge as well as advance VCU’s national standing in research.

Search committee co-chairs
Gail Hackett, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Marsha Rappley, M.D., Vice President for Health Sciences and VCU Health System Chief Executive Officer 
Search committee members
Barbara Boyan, Ph.D., Dean, School of Engineering
Peter Buckley, M.D., Dean, School of Medicine
Andrew Daire, Ph.D., Dean, School of Education
William Dewey, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Michael Donnenberg, M.D., Senior Associate Dean for Research and Research Training
Albert Farrell, Ph.D., Director, Clark-Hill Institute for Positive Youth Development
Gordon Ginder, M.D., Director, Massey Cancer Center
Puru Jena, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Physics 
F. Gerard Moeller, M.D., Chair, Division of Addiction Psychiatry
Michael Newsome, Senior Associate Vice President of Research
Susan Robb, Senior Associate Vice President for Research Administration and Compliance
Vanessa Sheppard, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Health Behavior and Policy
Sarah Spiegel, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Salem Tsegaye, M.A., Assistant Director, Arts Research Institute
Garret Westlake, Ph.D., Executive Director, VCU da Vinci Center


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