North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University — Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development

Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (N.C. A&T) in their search for an accomplished leader, strategist and research ambassador to serve as the next Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development. 

The North Carolina A&T State University seeks an innovative leader to serve as its next Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development. The University has the third highest record of funded research in the UNC System totaling nearly $64.3 million. 

With demonstrated examples of interdisciplinary collaboration, the successful candidate is expected to bring a broad perspective in research and economic development success. The Vice Chancellor will guide, facilitate, and support continued growth in research and scholarly activities among all members of the university community including their integration into the N.C. A&T learning experiences.

A leader, educator, and mentor, the successful candidate has interdisciplinary knowledge and thrives in a dynamic environment. Providing leadership and guidance in the vital areas of research and grant writing, the Vice Chancellor plays a critical role in helping to educate and champion research across the University. The next Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development is a keen strategist and process expert who will develop and refine the infrastructure to support the University’s continued growth and expansion in research, grants, contracts, intellectual property and technology transfer.

This Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development reports directly to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and is a member of the Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet.

The University enrolls over 12,000 students with approximately 1,800 faculty and staff. The Division of Research and Economic Development administers and manages research and sponsored programs as well as technology transfer and commercialization for the University. Headed by the Vice Chancellor for Research & Economic Development, the division is made up of the Vice Chancellor’s management team, the Office of Sponsored Programs, the Office of Technology Transfer and Outreach, the Office of Research Ethics and Compliance, the Office of Research Services, and the Office of Undergraduate Research. The Division coordinates interdisciplinary funding opportunities among the University’s colleges and schools and assists in transforming research into marketable economic opportunities.


  1. Building a research infrastructure that supports institutional capacity for research activities and the procurement of external research funding.
  2. Personnel management and development
  3. Overseeing and maintaining a division that complies with all governing laws and regulations and, through leadership, set the highest ethical standards for the division
  4. Experience with IP development and protection (patent disclosures and filing), experience with commercialization of the research enterprise (e.g., creating spin-offs, licensing)
  5. Building partnerships with local, regional, and state-run economic development agencies/organizations to promote business growth and promote economic development in multiple business sectors (industry, local government, and private foundations).
  6. Fostering and/or engaging in interdisciplinary/team-based research

Minimum Experience  

  • Documented record of leading funded research and significant research accomplishments
  • Demonstrated ability as an experienced, visionary, and highly entrepreneurial leader who can lead the university’s research efforts to achieve the goals set forth in the university’s strategic plan—A&T Preeminence: Taking the Momentum to 2023 
  • Track record of securing, leading, sustaining, large external research grants and contracts, with sustained productivity through publications, IP, and professional presentations.
  • Experience in the administration of a research enterprise
  • Broad knowledge of the sponsored-research regulatory environment and federal policies and procedures for federal appropriations and research compliance. Or: A broad working knowledge of federal, state, and private funding sources and requirements
  • Strong understanding of research compliance laws and administering policies to support researchers
  • Strong leadership, entrepreneurship, and administrative skills  
  • Commitment to involve both undergraduate and graduate students in research are required

Preferred Experience

  • History with large, externally funded multidisciplinary grants and considerable experience in directing interdisciplinary research 
  • Ability to:
    • form partnerships/multidisciplinary teams
    • promote the University’s research agenda with prospective industry partners, federal and state agencies 
    • foster research collaborations and interactions among the units of the University 
    • oversee the development and implementation of university-wide and UNC research policies and guideline 
    • develop, leverage and nurture strategic partnerships in the public, non-profit and private sectors 
    • provide/develop infrastructure for state-of-the-art services to the campus-wide research community as well as design faculty development and retooling opportunities
    • Ensure efficiency of services to the research community in different units across the institution
    • facilitate technology transfer and licensing and create a focused and innovative research and economic development plan for the University, consistent with its strategic vision

The University
Located in Greensboro, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (N.C. A&T) is one of 17 institutions of The University of North Carolina (UNC) System and is an 1890 land-grant doctoral research institution with a distinction in STEM education. The university is committed to fulfilling its fundamental purposes through exemplary undergraduate and graduate education, scholarly and creative research, and effective community engagement. N.C. A&T is ranked third in research funding in the UNC System, behind UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State University since 2005. The 2017-18 academic year brought about significant success for N.C. A&T including research contracts and grants for fiscal year 2018 totaling nearly $64.3 million, an increase of nearly $2 million over last year and currently manages a portfolio of 289 active projects valued at about $ 210 million. Amongst these projects is the Generation 3 NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials for transformational activities and economic impact. This is the first ERC headed by an HBCU. The University offers degree programs at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels.

This is a remarkable opportunity to join a university experiencing record growth, increased retention rates and enrollment of its most academically accomplished first-year class. For the fourth straight year enrollment has grown by 6.3%. This past fall, retention increased 3.5% along with a nearly 13% increase in incoming transfer students.

Dr. Harold L. Martin Sr., an N.C. A&T alumnus, has served as Chancellor since 2009.  The North Carolina A&T Aggies compete in Division I of the NCAA and have been a member of the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference since 1969.

The university is comprised of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; College of Business and Economics, College of Education; College of Engineering; College of Health and Human Sciences, College of Science and Technology, and the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, which is in collaboration with The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  The University offers 55 undergraduate degrees, 29 master’s degrees and 9 PhD programs. 

The Division of Research and Economic Development

The Division of Research and Economic Development provides the vital link between the region’s economic and social development efforts and the university’s rich knowledge base. The Division promotes this interaction by fostering commercialization of university developed innovations, encouraging entrepreneurial growth both on and off-campus, engaging businesses in developing growth opportunities based on the university’s research expertise, and collaborating with local, regional and state-run economic development agencies to promote business growth. Within the Division, the offices of Outreach and Technology Transfer and Economic Development have, respectively, the responsibility of providing commercial outlets for the University’s intellectual property and engaging both commercial and governmental sectors to enhance the University’s research opportunities. The University has also established a Research-Industrial Park, called the Gateway University Research Park, with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, to foster technology transfer and promote economic development in the region. One of the newest projects at the Gateway University Research Park is Research Facility III, which will have a local company as its anchor tenant. The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) is also located at the research park. The JSNN offers Professional Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Nanoscience and in Nanoengineering.


Offering a 10.4% lower cost of living than the national average, Greensboro, a city of 220,000, is a thriving, civic-minded city with something for everyone: Symphony Orchestra, Community Theater, Opera Company, Civic Ballet, galleries, golf courses and many outstanding public and private recreation areas and facilities including more than 90 miles of trails for hiking, biking and walking.  It was voted a Top 10 Green City by 

Greensboro is situated in the Piedmont Triad, an area of great natural beauty, diverse industry, cultural arts, and mild temperatures. North Carolina’s mountain resorts are an easy two-hour drive from Greensboro and the beaches of North and South Carolina are three to four hours away. The Research Triangle is about an hour and a half away. More information is available at:

Application Procedure

Review of applications will begin immediately and may made through the following University link:

Please send enquiries to the University’s executive recruitment consultant:

Jennifer Muller
Managing Partner and Senior Search Consultant
Academic Career & Executive Search