I am pleased to announce that four candidates for the position of vice chancellor for research will visit campus over the next few weeks.
As part of their visits, each candidate will lead a public forum for the campus community and respond to questions following their presentations. The campus community is invited to provide feedback on each candidate.
Stacey Patterson, interim vice president for research, outreach, and economic development for the UT System, is chairing the search.
The candidates are as follows:
Lynne E. Parker
Open Forum: 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, November 8, in Plant Biotechnology Building Room 156/157
Parker is the associate dean for faculty affairs and engagement in UT’s Tickle College of Engineering. Parker provides leadership and direction for the college’s tenure and promotion processes, the hiring, orientation, and annual reviews of college faculty, and the college’s engagement programs. She also is an adjunct distinguished research and development staff member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Previously she was the director of the information and intelligent systems division of the National Science Foundation’s computer and information science and engineering directorate. Parker has a doctorate in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mark A. Johnson
Open Forum: 2-3 p.m. Thursday, November 9, in Lindsay Young Auditorium, Hodges Library
Johnson is a research professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at North Carolina State University. Until recently, he also was the director of the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. In that role, Johnson oversaw the office’s research, development, and deployment activities. Previously he was a program director in the energy section of the DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency. Johnson has a doctorate in materials science and engineering from North Carolina State University.
Grace M. Bochenek
Open Forum: 2-3 p.m. Thursday, November 16, in Plant Biotechnology Building Room 156/157
Bochenek is the laboratory director of the US Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In that role, Bochenek oversees energy and environmental research and development programs at the laboratory’s campuses and strategic business offices. She was appointed acting secretary of the US Department of Energy by President Barack Obama during the transition of administrations in January 2017 and served until March 2017. She has a doctorate in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Central Florida.
Victor R. McCrary Jr.
Open Forum: 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, November 28, in Plant Biotechnology Building Room 156/157
McCrary is the vice president for research and economic development at Morgan State University. McCrary is charged with developing a university-wide research ecosystem, augmenting the university’s intellectual property portfolio, and overseeing externally funded contracts, grants, and technology transfer. Previously he was the emerging technology and innovation manager at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. McCrary has a doctorate in physical chemistry from Howard University.
View each candidate’s curriculum vitae on the position search website.
I hope you will make plans to attend the forums and share your feedback.