Vice President for Research

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The University of Utah (the U), a top-tier research institution recognized for being at the forefront of scientific inquiry, invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice President for Research.

The Vice President for Research (VPR) leads the University of Utah’s research mission of generating knowledge and new discoveries. The VPR is responsible for growing the university’s research enterprise and advancing and supporting research and scholarly and creative work across the university. The VPR reports directly to the university president and serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet. The VPR also serves as President of the University of Utah Research Foundation.

The next VPR will be an accomplished, dynamic, inclusive, and ethical leader who can articulate and exemplify the vital contribution research makes to the success of a large flagship state university and is capable of providing leadership on a campus of diverse disciplines that includes a large health sciences center. The VPR will leverage the University of Utah’s unique strengths and be the champion, visionary, and supporter of excellent diverse, innovative, collaborative, and high-quality research across the U as it seeks to significantly expand its research footprint and grow sponsored research funding to $1 billion annually.

Located in Salt Lake City, the University of Utah is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. Recognized as an institute at the forefront of scientific inquiry, the U is dedicated to research discoveries that provide impactful solutions to local, national, and global challenges. The U's research enterprise is unique due to its prolific research history and recognitions as well as its state-of-the-art facilities, research park, and leading academic, medical, and basic research programs.

The next VPR will possess a distinguished record of professional and leadership experience in research and creative activity; strong strategic planning, management, and budgeting skills; an ability to inspire and engage faculty, students, partners, and others to advance the research mission of the U; and experience with research infrastructure development. The University of Utah is an environment where creative individuals in leadership positions are given the latitude and resources necessary to succeed and are challenged to pursue big goals.

More information about this opportunity can be found above.

Nominations and Applications

To apply for the Vice President for Research position, candidates are requested to submit applications by December 30, 2022 for best consideration. The search will remain open until an appointment is made.

Applications should include:

  1. A curriculum vita or resume;
  2. A letter of interest that addresses the leadership opportunities and desired attributes in the profile, and
  3. Contact information for four references (to be contacted at a later date with candidate’s permission).

Applications must be submitted electronically in Word or PDF to:

Nominations and expressions of interest in the Vice President for Research position are encouraged. Please direct them to

or to the AGB search consultants listed below.

Kimberly Templeton, JD, / (540) 761-9494

Nancy Targett, PhD, Executive Search Consultant, / (302) 233-5202

Lynn DellaPietra, PhD, Executive Search / (202) 640-6723

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