Vice President for Research and Economic Development

Vice President for Research and Economic Development
University of South Alabama

The University of South Alabama invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice President for Research and Economic Development (VPRED). The VPRED reports directly to the President and indirectly to the Executive Vice President/Provost. The VPRED is also a member of the President’s Council and interacts closely with other senior leaders, deans, and directors of research centers, institutes, and programs. The VPRED provides leadership for advancing the research and economic development goals of the University of South Alabama.

This position offers an extraordinary opportunity to a bold and inspirational leader with intellectual breadth, strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated expertise in research-driven programs and policies, experience developing and leveraging internal and external partnerships, and success leading diverse, complex teams and/or organizations. The VPRED will bring together researchers from diverse backgrounds to enhance the University’s research collaborations locally, nationally, and internationally.

Inquiries, Nominations, and Applications: For a copy of the full-length position description or for any other inquiries or nominations, please contact Dr. Josh Ward at the e-mail address below. Applicants for the position should submit an up-to-date and detailed curriculum vitae, plus a brief (2-4 pages) letter of interest describing why you are interested in the VPRED role at the University of South Alabama, why you would be successful based on your professional experience, and why you are pursuing this opportunity. For priority consideration, please submit all application materials as soon as possible as the search committee will start reviewing candidate materials in April. The two documents (in PDF) should be sent directly to Dr. Josh Ward at

Josh Ward, PhD, MPhil
Education | Academic Medicine | Law
Korn Ferry

The University of South Alabama is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity.