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Committee Forms for UW Research VP Search

December 8, 2016

A 14-member committee has been appointed to conduct a national search for a new vice president for research and economic development at the University of Wyoming.

The objective is to have a new vice president in place by Aug. 1 to succeed Bill Gern, who will retire at the end of the fiscal year after serving for 23 years as vice president for research and economic development.

“We greatly appreciate Dr. Gern’s years of service to the university. In his time as vice president, he has helped evolve the university into a first-class research engine that also is instrumental in the economic development of the state,” UW President Laurie Nichols says. “We are now committed to find the most talented person possible to succeed him to assure that the university moves to the next level in accomplishing its mission to conduct research to benefit the state, nation and the world -- and to serve as a key intellectual engine in strengthening and diversifying Wyoming’s economy.”

The search committee is chaired by Michael Pishko, dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science. UW has issued a request for information to identify a national firm to assist in the search.

Other members of the search committee include:

-- Kate Miller, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

-- Mark Northam, executive director of the School of Energy Resources.

-- Donald Jarvis, professor of molecular biology.

-- Merav Ben-David, professor of zoology and physiology.

-- David Williams, department head and professor of botany.

-- Jason Shogren, Stroock Professor of Natural Resource Conservation and Management in the Department of Economics and Finance.

-- Jonathan Naughton, professor of mechanical engineering.

-- Andrea C. Burrows, assistant professor of secondary education.

-- Sreejayan Nair, professor of pharmacology.

-- Jill Kline, state director of the Wyoming Small Business Development Center.

-- Brent Ewers, professor of botany and project director of Wyoming’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.

-- Scott Seville, professor of zoology and physiology, and director of Wyoming IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence.

-- Bryan Shader, professor of mathematics and special assistant for research computing in the Office of Research and Economic Development.

The first meeting of the search committee will be announced shortly.

The role of the vice president for research and economic development is to support and facilitate the research efforts of UW's faculty, staff and students; direct the university's research mission as a public research university; promote the university's research program with stakeholders; and direct technology transfer and commercialization efforts for UW intellectual property.

A position description and other information will be posted to the president's website in the near future. Anyone with questions or input should email Pishko at

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