Vice President for Research

An Invitation to Apply







Bowling Green State University (BGSU), a doctoral/high research public university in northwest Ohio, seeks an innovative, ambitious, and forward-thinking leader to serve as the Vice President for Research (VPR). This is an exciting opportunity to support a growth-oriented and sustainable culture of research and creative activities at a nationally ranked institution. BGSU has seen a significant increase in extramural funding over the past several years and the University is well positioned to further increase its research profile under the leadership of an entrepreneurial VPR.


BGSU embraces its role as a public university, acting in the public interest to create public good, and intentionally preparing students for life after graduation. Through excellence in teaching, research, and outreach, the institution facilitates a collaborative, diverse, and inclusive community where creative ideas, new knowledge, and entrepreneurial achievements benefit others in the region, the state of Ohio, the nation, and the world. The Division of Research is integral to the University’s efforts to drive academic discovery and economic vitality in the state and beyond, impacting industries through innovation and improving lives.


Reporting to the Provost and Senior Vice President, the next VPR will join BGSU to lead the Division of Research at a pivotal time as the University continues to make progress on the objectives outlined in its strategic plan, Forward. Finalized in 2021, Forward demonstrates the institution’s commitment to further raising the stature of the research enterprise and creating public good through research, creative activities, partnerships, and engagement. The next VPR’s strategic leadership and vision for the Division will be critical to achieving many of Forward’s goals.  


BGSU seeks candidates with the ability to champion a comprehensive University-wide research ecosystem where all faculty, staff, and students are supported and rewarded for their scholarly and creative accomplishments. The VPR will leverage the University’s existing strengths and identify strategic areas for future growth while enhancing the research infrastructure for pre-award and post-award processes as well as research development for faculty and staff. The VPR will also have a critical role in continuing to strengthen BGSU’s diverse and inclusive community.


The successful candidate will have an earned Ph.D. or terminal degree along with credentials and achievements that merit appointment as a professor at BGSU. The successful candidate will also have the demonstrated ability to engage and inspire faculty, staff, students, the BGSU community at large, and external constituents around a vision for innovation, research, and creative activities. In addition, the successful candidate will have exceptional interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills, and the ability to lead and manage a talented team of research administration professionals.




BGSU has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this recruitment. Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Nominations, inquiries, and applications, including a CV and letter of interest, should be submitted via the search page on the Isaacson, Miller website.


Jeff Kessner, Partner

Robin Dougherty, Managing Associate


Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.


Bowling Green State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer, is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment, and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities regardless of age, gender identity, genetic information, religion, or sexual orientation.