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Victor McCrary Named Vice Chancellor for Research

I’m pleased to tell you that Victor McCrary has accepted our offer to become Tennessee’s next vice chancellor for research. He will begin March 5.

Victor is coming to us from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he is the vice president for research and economic development.

Victor McCrary

Victor McCrary

Victor has a distinguished record as a researcher and university administrator. At Morgan State they call him an agent of change for developing a comprehensive research strategy for the university and fostering cross-disciplinary work. We welcome his expertise in advancing our research enterprise and guiding the implementation of our cluster hire and grand challenge initiatives.

Prior to joining Morgan State, McCrary held research administrative positions at Johns Hopkins University, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and AT&T Bell Laboratories.

As our chief research officer, Victor will promote research, economic development, humanistic inquiry, and creative design. He will be especially instrumental in facilitating our collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory through UT-Battelle and other research and development institutions in the region and state.

Victor says he’s excited about joining our team: “What attracted me to UT is its great history, rich research tradition, and the partnership with a forward-looking national laboratory, but what really made the difference is its energetic leadership team and its innovative faculty, staff, and students.”

Victor has a doctorate in physical chemistry from Howard University, an executive master’s degree in engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the Catholic University of America. He is a fellow of the American Chemical Society and a member of the National Science Board.

Victor and his wife, Mercedes, have two children, Francesca and Maximilian.