Vice President for Research and Economic Development

The University of Wyoming (UW) invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice President for Research and Economic Development (VPRED). UW's VPRED serves as an executive officer and the chief research official of the University. The Vice President works closely with the President, Provost, other executive officers, and Deans and Directors of schools, colleges, and institutes to drive the University's research and economic development agenda.

Overview of the Office of Research and Economic Development

The Office Research & Economic Development (ORED) is a service organization to the faculty, staff, and students of the University of Wyoming. Its goals are to provide swift, accurate, and expert service to enhance UW's research and scholarship missions through its support of the University's faculty and academic units while also working closely with other key stakeholder groups on- and off-campus to promote and support economic development throughout the state of Wyoming. The ORED works with university stakeholders across all UW academic colleges and schools and interfaces with the University's outreach programs to link the institution's research, technology transfer, and economic development efforts—enhancing federal, state, and private sector support for faculty and graduate student scholarship. The ORED coordinates the origination, organization, and execution of UW's research mission with principal investigators, colleges and schools, departments, centers and institutes from pre-award support to post-award management. The ORED partners with the University's faculty, staff, and student inventors to identify, protect, and commercialize the various kinds of intellectual property they develop. The ORED's services and efforts ensure that scholarly activities accomplished at UW enhance the creation of new knowledge, new applications of existing knowledge, and positively impact economic diversification within the state, the region, and for society in general. The VPRED oversees the Office of Sponsored Programs which provides the financial management and administration of all external funding to the university and in FY2016, research awards from State and Federal Agencies totaled $95,839,018 and research related expenditures totaled $107,988,439. These figures include major grants from NSF EPSCoR, NIH INBRE, and the DOE.

Through the Wyoming Business Resource Network, the ORED and the Wyoming Business Council collaborate with a variety of partners to assist all business enterprises throughout the state. This multi-layered business assistance structure helps new businesses get started and helps established businesses continue to grow and diversify—every step of the way. Examples of these collaborations include: the Wyoming Procurement Technical Assistance Center; Manufacturing Works; Market Research Center; the Wyoming Technology Transfer–Research Products Center; the Wyoming SBIR/STTR Initiative; the Wyoming Small Business Development Center; and the Wyoming Technology Business Center, a fully functioning technology-related business incubator.

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Position Summary

The VPRED plays a leadership role in state, national and international activities regarding research policy and guides the University in defining and meeting the emerging research opportunities of the future. Important goals of the research and economic development agenda include: promotion of interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research; integration of research and education at both the graduate and undergraduate levels; promotion and facilitation of technology transfer, business engagement, entrepreneurship, and economic development; lead a variety of business assistance programs operating throughout the state, to promote start-up, growth, and economic diversity; insuring the integrity of research processes and policies; stewardship of the special physical and computational infrastructure necessary for research leadership; establishment of national and international collaborative research partnerships at the University; participation in federal and state policy making regarding research and economic development; and engaging a broad range of individuals in research, scholarly, or creative activity that strengthen the University's research enterprise.

The VPRED reports to the President and leads and oversees the University of Wyoming Office of Research and Economic Development. With respect to research, the Vice President for Research & Economic Development also works closely with the Provost in order to fully align research with the overall academic mission of the University. The Office of Research and Economic development is supported by a staff of 81 and a budget of nearly $11 million.

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The University

Established in 1886, the University of Wyoming is a land-grant, doctoral/research university, Division I member of the NCAA—Mountain West Conference, set in the front range of the Rocky Mountains at 7,200 feet. UW is the only four-year public university in the state and combines major-university benefits and small-school advantages. The University offers 200 programs of study across a broad spectrum of disciplines and students generally experience small class sizes, affordable tuition, high quality education, and easy access to reputable teaching and research faculty. For the fall of 2016, more than 12,600 students enrolled in baccalaureate, graduate and professional programs. Approximately 10,340 students were enrolled on the Laramie campus. Students come to UW from 47 states, with 57% from Wyoming, 14% from nearby Colorado, 13% are ethnic minorities and 6% are international students.

The University has an annual operating budget of more than $500 million. State funding accounts for 40% of the revenues, with the remainder generated by a variety of sources including contracts and grants, foundation resources, and tuition. External research funding was over $95 million in FY16. Annual private giving for the same period exceeded $63 million. With the support of the Wyoming legislature and private donors and through institutional bonding (UW currently enjoys a Standard and Poor's rating of AA-, with a positive outlook), the university has received $925 million in capital construction and major maintenance funds over the past decade. For FY16, the University employed 761 full-time instructional and clinical faculty, including 620 tenured/tenured-track faculty. There were more than 2,200 other full-time benefited employees. Faculty members are internationally renowned for their research and scholarship and are innovative and creative teachers. Long recognized for its commitment to baccalaureate education, UW seeks greater recognition, both in academia and in the private sector, for its research, teaching, scholarly and creative endeavors, and graduate programs.

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Application and Nomination Process

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae and a letter of interest describing relevant experience. Submission of materials via e-mail is strongly encouraged. Nomination letters should include the name, position, address and telephone number of the nominee. All nominations and applications will be handled in confidence. Applications will remain confidential until the selection of the finalists, whose names and application materials will be made public.

Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner

Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates

6512 Painter Avenue

Whittier, CA 90601


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