Dr. Alan C. Utter has been named interim vice provost for research, according to Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Lori S. Gonzalez. The appointment is effective immediately.
As interim vice provost for research, Utter will facilitate and expand university-wide faculty and student-based research/creative activities. He will work to obtain necessary resources, develop administrative infrastructure, foster intra-institutional and external collaborations and build sustainable funding opportunities to support these activities.
He also will assist with the transition of the Cratis D. William’s Graduate School and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs into separate units.
“Dr. Utter’s leadership in the Office of Student Research, his work with the university’s deans, faculty and students, and his track record in obtaining external funding are invaluable assets for this position, which will be critical to the university’s expanded research activities,” Gonzalez said.
Utter will continue to direct the work of the Office of Student Research, a position he has held for the past 10 years, and will oversee the work of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, consisting of Grants Resources and Services, the Office of Sponsored Programs, and the Office of Research Protections. He also will chair the University Research Council, among other duties.
“I look forward to continuing my relationship with faculty and students in this new role and working to promote their research and creative endeavors,” Utter said.