Skip to content

Vice President for Research and Economic Development

The University of Alabama invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice President of Research and Economic Development.

The University of Alabama seeks a strategic and collaborative leader with a distinguished scholarly profile and enterprising spirit to serve as its Vice President for Research & Economic Development. The VPRED is the chief research officer reporting directly to the president. As such, the position leads UA’s Office for Research & Economic Development, with oversight regarding all aspects of research development, contract and grant accounting, research compliance and ethics, and commercialization. This role is instrumental in creating, catalyzing, and achieving institutional priorities, and leads strategic initiatives that establish and enhance excellence across a broad spectrum of research activities.

Search Committee

Name Title Department
Cliff Henderson Dean and Professor College of Engineering
Other Members
Dan Blakley Associate Vice President for Economic and Business Engagement Office of Research and Economic Development
Jennifer Camp Associate Vice President for Research Administration Office of Research and Economic Development
Jim Cochran Associate Dean for Faculty and Research Culverhouse College of Business
Leigh Davis Senior VP of Marketing & Economic Development Alabama Power
Joseph Messina Dean and Professor College of Arts and Sciences
Sharlene Newman Executive Director Alabama Life Research Institute
Shanlin Pan Professor College of Arts & Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Greg Barker President Economic Development Partnership of Alabama
Charlie Taylor Director of External Affairs University of Alabama System
Mark Weaver Professor College of Engineering, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering