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Vice Chancellor for Research Victor McCrary to Step Down

Vice Chancellor for Research Victor McCrary has informed his team that he has made the difficult decision to return to the Maryland/DC area for family and other personal obligations.

His last day will be July 31.

I’d like to thank Dr. McCrary for his time and effort in helping to move our research efforts forward. He has worked with a dedicated team and key stakeholders important to our university’s success.

His achievements include conducting a strategy summit that led to a new vision and mission for the Office of Research and Engagement as well as a plan to evaluate the office’s centers and institutes; implementation of a portfolio management framework to increase agency research funding with the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, and the National Science Foundation; an in-progress agreement between UT and Auburn University to create a new research institute in aerospace materials, and manufacturing; and positioning UT to be the host of the SEC Chief Research Officers meeting in the upcoming fall semester.

Dr. McCrary and I will work closely together during his last two weeks to ensure a smooth transition.

I intend to appoint someone to serve in the interim role until a search can be completed. I will keep the campus informed during this process.