Sr. Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development University of Missouri- Columbia

Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development
University of Missouri- Columbia

The University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou or MU), the flagship, land-grant, comprehensive research university of the University of Missouri System (UM System), seeks a Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development. The successful candidate will provide faculty the opportunity to focus on scholarly and creative activities that significantly transform their research programs and help them make notable contributions to their respective fields. This individual will be instrumental in efforts to define strategic initiatives to drive creative and scholarly works; develop and identify opportunities for interdisciplinary research across the campus, including the UM System’s NextGen Precision Health Initiative; build collaborations across all disciplines; coordinate faculty recruitment in strategic research areas among departments and colleges as outlined by research growth plans; and drive new strategic initiatives to enhance MU’s research mission as a member of the Association of American Universities.

Founded in 1839, MU is a research one (R1) university and one of only 34 public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). The state’s largest university, Mizzou offers more than 300 degrees and certificates to nearly 31,000 students, including nearly 6,000 graduate students and almost 1,200 professional students, and employs more than 13,000 people including more than 2,000 faculty. As a truly comprehensive institution, Mizzou offers a full constellation of schools and colleges that collectively serve as vital knowledge centers for the entire state. The university also contains a robust, successful clinical and research medical enterprise, including the University of Missouri Health Care, the leading health care provider in mid-Missouri. As a land-grant institution, Mizzou also maintains the state’s Extension and Engagement Program, providing access to the university’s resources and expertise in all 114 Missouri counties. 

MU is in the midst of a successful push to elevate research expenditures and enhance economic development from discoveries and innovation. Expenditures have grown from $193M in FY15 to $235M in FY20 and awards have grown more than $48M during that same time.  A robust infrastructure of core facilities and research centers exist, offering researchers shared resources to elevate their scholarship. This includes the 10-megawatt MU Research Reactor, the most powerful university research reactor in the United States.  In the past 5 years, 16 Mizzou startup companies were created with MU licensed technologies and companies signed 200 license and option agreements, producing $33M in revenue for MU while generating profound impacts on local and state economies.  The UM System’s number one capital priority is a research-intensive collaboration, the NextGen Precision Health Institute, that is focused on developing the breakthrough research needed to facilitate essential advances in global health. 


The City of Columbia, home of the University of Missouri, has been consistently rated as one of the most desirable places to live and work in the United States. This college city of 113,000+ residents has the best of both worlds – small-town convenience and warmth with urban sophistication and amenities. Located halfway between St. Louis and Kansas City, the city boasts affordable housing, moderate cost of living, diverse cultural and economic opportunities, and excellent public schools. 

Candidates for the position must have a Ph.D., D.V.M., or M.D. degree with postdoctoral training or equivalent training in a related discipline. Experience as a successful research investigator, at least two years of experience in research administration in an Office of Research at a research-intensive university, and an understanding of the requirements for faculty and programs to be competitive within an academic research ecosystem at national and international levels.

The University anticipates this appointment starting in the summer or early Fall of 2022. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, applicant material should be received by November 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Candidates should include a cover letter; curriculum vitae and/or Resume; one-page summary of research administration and related accomplishments along with two pages of future plans describing how the key performance responsibilities of this position will advance UM’s research mission; and names and contact information for three references.  The University of Missouri values diversity and is committed to working towards achieving equity and inclusion within all its programs. Candidates applying for this position are required to provide a statement addressing how they would utilize their former experience and knowledge to promote diversity and inclusion at the university and how that commitment would add value to the University of Missouri.

You can find the full position profile online at:

Please complete the brief online application(Job ID 38582)

Nominations and inquires of interest may be sent in confidence to the University’s executive search partner:

Tim McIntosh,
Senior Director of Recruitment
University of Missouri System or


The University of Missouri-Columbia is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the university.  To fulfill that policy, the University of Missouri-Columbia is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the University of Missouri-Columbia to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.