University of Louisville — Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation

The University of Louisville (UofL) invites nominations, expressions of interest, and applications for the position of Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation (EVPRI). The University seeks a dynamic and entrepreneurial leader and scholar who will partner with Dr. Neeli Bendapudi, UofL’s newly appointed President, in developing a bold, new vision for the University’s research enterprise. The successful candidate will serve as an agent of change focused on dramatically increasing UofL’s research profile, expenditures, and diversifying collaborative research, extramural funding, public-private partnerships, and technology transfer.

The University of Louisville
Classified as a doctoral university with “very high-research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation, UofL is home to multiple nationally-recognized centers and institutes comprised of scientific leaders and state-of-the-art multimillion-dollar facilities that promote and support research, scholarship, and creative activities across a broad range of disciplines. Established in 1798, UofL has a diverse student body of more than 22,000 and an operating budget exceeding $1.2 billion with an endowment of $712 million (FY 2018). Through the Research Challenge Trust Fund, the Kentucky legislature has given UofL the funding platform to recruit the nation’s best and brightest faculty members, and the results are impressive. UofL has 107 endowed chairs and professorships and a broad depth of research strengths across its 12 colleges and schools. Total research expenditures for FY17 were over $177 million. As an active partner in both the cultural and business agenda of the city and state, UofL is valued by the corporate community as a vital collaborator in economic development, new business spin-offs, and entrepreneurship stimulation. For more information regarding UofL, please visit https://louisville.edu/. 

Position Summary
Reporting to the President and working closely with the Executive Vice President and University Provost in aligning research with UofL’s overall academic mission, the EVPRI is responsible for developing institutional research policies and procedure, coordinating and providing oversight of research, scholarship, and creative activity at the UofL, and serving in a key leadership role in defining and meeting the emerging research opportunities of the future. In addition, the office oversees the identification, marketing and licensing of intellectual property developed at UofL and works to enhance economic development initiatives.

In their role, the EVPRI will lead the University in achieving the goals of its research and economic development agenda including: promoting interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research; integrating research and education at both the graduate and undergraduate levels; ensuring the integrity of research processes and policies; stewarding the special physical and computational infrastructure necessary for research leadership; establishing collaborative research partnerships between the University and key stakeholders at the local, regional, national, and international levels; participating in federal and state policymaking 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 EVPRI will also promote and facilitate technology transfer by leading in the development of translational research to help move discoveries from the conceptual stage through development of ideas for the good of humanity. In addition, the EVPRI will play a critical role in fostering increased business engagement, entrepreneurship, and economic development opportunities by leveraging business development, technology transfer, and the development of university operated research parks. The EVPRI provides business, industry and foundations with information concerning the University’s research capabilities and stimulates the development of collaborations between them and the University. 

Required Qualifications
The successful candidate will possess national distinction as a scholar, researcher/practitioner, and educator with the accomplishments expected for appointment as a tenured full professor at the University of Louisville. The EVPRI must also exhibit substantial administrative leadership experience at a research university or comparable setting. The EVPRI will also have:

  • An earned doctorate or other terminal degree from an accredited university and a distinguished research record in their academic discipline;
  • Extensive scholarly interest, and understanding of and commitment to promoting the full spectrum of research, including that conducted by undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, interdisciplinary research, creative work, and engagement at the University;
  • Extensive knowledge of and experience with research funding issues, policies, and sources;
  • The ability to administer a large research-support enterprise, including exercising fiscally sound oversight of the budget;
  • The ability to champion and prioritize the research mission of the university as a member of the UofL leadership team;
  • The ability to promote integration of the research and educational missions of the University;
  • The ability to represent the University’s research mission to a variety of constituencies, external and internal;
  • Experience managing the relationship between research and entrepreneurship/economic development programs/strategies;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse faculty in a wide range of disciplines and the vision and administrative expertise to create and implement innovative research and scholarly initiatives while enhancing the diversity of the university community.

For a full position profile and list of qualifications, please visit https://www.storbeckpimentel.com/pd/UofL/EVPRI.pdf 

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
Email:  apsearch@storbeckpimentel.com
Refer to code “UofL-EVPRI” in subject line

The University of Louisville is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, sex, age, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, pregnancy, or veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact the Employment team at employment@louisville.edu or 502-852-6258.

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