I am pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Nobles as interim vice chancellor for research and engagement.
Robert has served as the associate vice chancellor for research since 2013. He will begin the interim role September 1 as Vice Chancellor Taylor Eighmy leaves to become president of the University of Texas at San Antonio.
I will appoint a search committee in the coming weeks so we can begin the search process for the next vice chancellor for research and engagement early this fall.
Robert is well qualified to help us continue the great momentum for increasing research grants and contracts, strengthening our partnerships, and supporting the research, creative activity, and outreach efforts of our faculty and students.
He brings great knowledge, passion, and optimism to the role and has worked closely within the division and across the university around many important matters.
His time here, at Texas A&M, and at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston as a senior research administrator has prepared him well for this opportunity to lead the discovery enterprise. I look forward to collaborating with him on advancing our goals and aspirations.
Robert will continue to serve as chair of the Campus Institutional Compliance Committee, the Campus Safety Committee, and the Commission for Blacks.
He is the co-investigator on a five-year $4.9 million National Institutes of Health award for the Program for Excellence and Equity in Research (PEER).
He has a bachelor’s in molecular biology and a master’s in public health from Florida A&M University and a doctorate in public health from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
Please join me in welcoming Robert in this new interim role and wishing Taylor the best of luck with his presidency.