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    NATIONAL SEARCH FOR THE
    VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH &
    ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The Role

Reporting directly to the President, the Vice President for Research and Economic Development (VPRED) will lead a university-wide effort to advance UAlbany’s regional, national, and international reputation as a leading research university and engine of economic development. In partnership with academic deans, senior university leaders, academic colleagues, and external constituencies (including, but not limited to, members of the SUNY Research Foundation, State legislature and executive agencies, New York State Department of Health, Wadsworth Center, New York delegation in Congress, and federal agencies), the VPRED will strategically focus on multidisciplinary research initiatives of great societal and economic consequence while expanding research and enhancing standards of scholarship across disciplines. View full position profile. 

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Key Priorities:
  • Lead the creation of a shared research vision and strategic plan, in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Propose, evaluate, and implement new models and large-scale initiatives that will lead to significant expansion of the University’s research enterprise;
  • Partner with deans and academic units to advance research and to enhance extramural funding across the schools and colleges from all sources (corporate, foundation, state, federal, and philanthropic);
  • Revisit and strengthen research infrastructure to better support investigators in their pre- and post-award activities;
  • Be committed to research protections and the University’s research integrity programs;
  • Provide leadership to the University’s administrative units and regulatory bodies responsible for providing oversight of regulatory research compliance and animal welfare programs;
  • Support faculty and research development for early-, mid-, and senior-level career investigators;
  • Create and advance intellectually stimulating and rewarding interdisciplinary collaborations among faculty, researchers, and students;
  • Increase visibility of UAlbany research, promoting accomplishments internally and externally, in conjunction with the Office of Communications and Marketing;
  • Foster public and private sector research and development partnerships; and
  • Spur economic development and entrepreneurship across UAlbany’s research community.
Candidate Profile

The successful candidate for the Vice President for Research and Economic Development will demonstrate passion for research discovery, appreciate the importance of different types of research and scholarship across many different disciplines, and demonstrate experience building inclusive partnerships with diverse constituencies internally, externally, and across organizations. Candidates should have a strong reputation for interdisciplinary collaborations and high-impact research. The successful candidate will also have a proven record in securing funding from external organizations, such as federal agencies, industry, and/or foundations. Demonstrable experience building relationships with corporate partners is important. 

The Vice President for Research and Economic Development must be an innovative, entrepreneurial, visionary, and collaborative leader. The successful candidate will have had prior administrative and leadership experience at a research organization, whether university, industry, or agency. The next VPRED must have a demonstrated record of leading significant change. The most viable candidates will understand both the scientific and business consequences of decision-making and will be willing to actively engage in their new role. 

The successful candidate will be a strong communicator, enhancing UAlbany’s external visibility and reputation while increasing awareness of research opportunities and successes internally. Being receptive to input and feedback from others is essential. The next VPRED will be a creative problem solver—who is willing to take risks—with unassailable personal and academic integrity. 

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About the University & the Research Enterprise

Nomination and Application Process

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Interested candidates should confidentially submit—in electronic format (Adobe PDF files preferred)—a curriculum vitae and letter of interest to [email protected]

Although materials will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled, for fullest consideration, materials should be received as soon as possible and preferably by May 17.

University at Albany is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The University actively encourages applications and nominations of women, minorities and persons with disabilities and applications from candidates with diverse cultural backgrounds.

Contact

Jett Pihakis, PhD
Russell Reynolds Associates
1700 New York Avenue, NW
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-5208
Direct: +1-202-654-7870
[email protected]

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Committee Co-Chairs:

Dr. Jeanette Altarriba, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Email:  [email protected]  


Dr. Erin Bell, Professor, Environmental Health Sciences 
School of Public Health
Email:  [email protected] 


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Committee Support Staff:

Vincent J. Delio, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Data, Assessment, and Technology
Email:  [email protected]

Tianning Huang, Assistant to the Director of Strategic Initiatives, Data, Assessment, and Technology
Email:  [email protected]

Ashley Turski, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Research
Email:  [email protected]

About the Search Firm
Russell Reynolds Associates

Founded in 1969, Russell Reynolds Associates (‘RRA’) quickly became a predominant international leader in the executive recruitment field, executing searches across both the private and public sectors. RRA is a private firm with 46 offices around the world and 470+ consultants. We advise our clients on recruiting and retaining outstanding leaders and help them mitigate the risks associated with senior-level appointments. Our in-depth understanding of leadership competencies and higher education enables us to identify individuals who possess the right skills and role-specific expertise. Our rigorous approach to referencing provides a 360-degree perspective of the candidate, supports the finalist selection process, and helps identify areas to address in onboarding.

RRA’s success is attributable to the outstanding quality of our people and a culture focused on excellence in client service. We assemble the most effective team to serve on each engagement. The hallmark of our searches is the excellent quality of the candidates we identify and our hands-on involvement with search committees. We have created a unique, industry-leading client feedback program to gauge our clients’ satisfaction with our services. At the close of each engagement, a dedicated Client Feedback Consultant contacts each client by telephone to discuss the quality of our execution and how we might improve our service. As a firm, we earn consistently high client feedback scores and enjoy strong levels of repeat business from our clients.

Our Higher Education Practice specializes in recruiting senior leaders to the nation’s top universities and preeminent academic medical centers. Through this work, we have developed a robust database of potential candidates, but importantly we are also able to rely on the networks developed by consultants from across the firm, particularly in higher education searches that seek nontraditional candidates. In addition to recruiting exceptional candidates and managing a comprehensive, equitable and inclusive search process, we become trusted advisors who help universities think through challenging leadership issues and build out their leadership teams. Our focus is on research universities, highly-ranked small colleges, and academic and scientific research institutions.

Search Updates
April 9, 2021

Dear UAlbany Community:

I am very pleased to announce that we have launched a national search for UAlbany’s Vice President for Research and Economic Development.

Research excellence is one of five core priorities in our strategic plan. Consequently, through this process, we will identify and recruit a national leader who will advance UAlbany’s research productivity, quality, and reputation as a Carnegie R1 research institution. To achieve this, we will need to attract a diverse pool of exceptional candidates with the demonstrated leadership, experience, and expertise to lead the University’s research and economic development enterprise.

The new Vice President must be able to expand and grow our extramural research funding portfolio; support faculty in the development and implementation of new and ongoing research initiatives; create and advance intellectually stimulating and rewarding collaborations among faculty, researchers, and students; foster public and private sector research and development partnerships; and spur economic development and entrepreneurship across our research community. A focus on externally funded interdisciplinary research collaborations will be critical to our success in expanding and strengthening our research enterprise. This is indeed a tall order, but the ability to carry out these activities will be essential for this pivotal hire.

I am also very pleased that the Search Committee will be co-chaired by Dr. Jeanette Altarriba, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Dr. Erin Bell, Professor of Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health, who will lead a distinguished and diverse group of UAlbany faculty and administrators. Russell Reynolds Associates, a global leadership advisory and executive search firm, will assist the Search Committee.

We expect to complete the search and appoint the Vice President for Research and Economic Development by the start of the Fall 2021 semester. While we will strive to meet this timeline, we will certainly not compromise on the rigor of this process in selecting an excellent candidate.

We will keep the University community informed throughout the search and will seek your active engagement. I would like to thank the members of the Search Committee and the entire campus community for your support in advancing this critical process.

Sincerely,

Signature of Havidan Rodriguez

 

 

 

Havidán Rodríguez
President

April 23, 2021

Dear Members of the UAlbany Community,

As we begin the search for the next Vice President for Research and Economic Development, we invite you to submit nominations to Russell Reynolds Associates, our consultant for this national search, at [email protected].

We need only the names of the individuals you wish to nominate, along with their current institution/organization. You are welcome to provide your rationale for the nomination, if you wish. Such information is helpful, although not necessary.

Please nominate those whom you believe would be strong candidates, whether or not you believe they are open to considering a new opportunity.  The search consultant will be responsible for contacting nominees and asking them to submit their CV if they are interested in the position.  We encourage you to suggest potential candidates who will enhance the University’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

If you have any questions or comments, now or at any time during the search process, please feel free to contact us or any member of the Search Committee.

Sincerely,

Jeanette Altarriba, Ph.D.

Co-Chair of the Search Committee

for the Vice President for Research

& Economic Development

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Professor of Psychology

[email protected]

Erin Bell, Ph.D.  

Co-Chair of the Search Committee for the Vice President for Research & Economic Development

Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health

[email protected]

April 30, 2021

Dear Members of the UAlbany Community,

With the search for the next Vice President for Research and Economic Development (VPRED) now underway, we wanted to share with you a new website to learn more about the search and its progress. This web resource can be found by visiting: http://www.albany.edu/vpred-search.

As you will see, the website provides an array of information and resources related to the search and the search process including links to:

  • The role of the VPRED and the position profile
  • Background on the University and the Research Enterprise
  • Submitting a nomination or an application
  • Members of the Search Committee
  • Background on the Search Firm
  • Recent search updates

We also wanted to take this opportunity to again invite you to submit nominations to Russell Reynolds Associates, our consultant for this national search, at [email protected]. Only names of individuals you wish to nominate are necessary, along with their current institution or organization. You are welcome to provide your rationale for the nomination,  if you wish. We encourage you to suggest potential candidates who will enhance the University’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Russell Reynolds Associates will be responsible for contacting nominees. 

If you have any questions or comments regarding the search, please feel free to contact us or any member of the Search Committee.

Sincerely,

Jeanette Altarriba, Ph.D.

Co-Chair of the Search Committee

for the Vice President for Research

& Economic Development

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Professor of Psychology

[email protected]

Erin Bell, Ph.D.  

Co-Chair of the Search Committee for the Vice President for Research & Economic Development

Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health

[email protected]

July 2, 2021

Dear Members of the UAlbany Community,

We are pleased to provide you with an update on the national search for the next Vice President for Research and Economic Development. The search committee has concluded screening interviews and has provided its recommendations to the President.

Following the President’s review of the Committee’s recommended candidates, we will confirm the finalists to be invited to campus during the week of July 12 – July 16, 2021. We expect to have the finalists confirmed on July 8.

During the campus visits, the candidates will take part in a comprehensive schedule of stakeholder meetings. Included in this schedule will be a Campus Conversation that all faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend. The conversations will be held on:

  • Finalist 1 – Monday, July 12, 2021, 10:00 am to 11:00 am (Recital Hall, PAC)
  • Finalist 2 – Tuesday, July 13, 2021, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm (Recital Hall, PAC)
  • Finalist 3 – Thursday, July 15, 2021, 10:30 am to 11:30 am (Recital Hall, PAC)
  • Finalist 4 – Friday, July 16, 2021, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (Recital Hall, PAC)

At the Campus Conversation, the candidates will make a brief presentation and field questions from the audience. An online survey will be available to secure feedback from all who participate in this process.

Each candidate’s identity, application materials, and interview schedule will be posted to the MyUAlbany portal in advance of their campus visit. You will be notified when those materials are available. Your engagement is critical in this phase of the recruitment and selection process.

Thank you in advance for your active participation in the search for our next Vice President for Research and Economic Development.

Sincerely,

Jeanette Altarriba, Ph.D.

Co-Chair of the Search Committee

for the Vice President for Research

& Economic Development

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Professor of Psychology

[email protected]

Erin Bell, Ph.D.  

Co-Chair of the Search Committee for the Vice President for Research & Economic Development

Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health

[email protected]

July 8, 2021

Dear Members of the University Campus Community:

As shared with you last Friday, the finalists for the search for the next Vice President for Research and Economic Development will be visiting campus beginning on Monday, July 12. 

Finalists’ application materials and interview schedules will be posted on the MyUAlbany portal under “Announcements” one business day prior to a candidate’s visit to campus.  

Each finalist will participate in a Campus Conversation, entitled “Vision for Research in a Modern Public University: Challenges and Opportunities” in the Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center.  During this conversation, each finalist will discuss opportunities for UAlbany research over the next decade, what it means to be an R1 University, how to solidify and bolster UAlbany’s R1 classification, and the impact of UAlbany research on economic development in the region.  The conversations will be held as follows:

  • Finalist 1: Monday, July 12, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in the Recital Hall (PAC)
  • Finalist 2: Tuesday, July 13, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall (PAC)
  • Finalist 3: Thursday, July 15, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in the Recital Hall (PAC)
  • Finalist 4: Friday, July 16, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall (PAC)

All faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to participate in the Campus Conversations which are planned for approximately one hour with each finalist speaking for 25-30 minutes and the remaining time dedicated to a Q&A session for 30-35 minutes, thereafter.

Please be advised that you will be able to participate in the Campus Conversation and hear from each finalist, as well as ask questions, by clicking here to register. You will have an option to register to attend in person at the Recital Hall or watch the finalists virtually on Zoom. Recordings of the Campus Conversations will be available for viewing on the MyUAlbany portal until one day after the last candidate’s campus visit.

These sessions will provide an essential opportunity to assess these finalists’ ability to successfully lead and advance UAlbany’s research enterprise in the years ahead. Your engagement during this phase of the search is imperative. Feedback provided through the electronic survey issued after each Campus Conversation will assist the University in identifying the best candidate for this critical role.

Thank you in advance for your active participation in this process.

Sincerely,

 

Jeanette Altarriba, Ph.D.

Co-Chair of the Search Committee

for the Vice President for Research

& Economic Development

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Professor of Psychology

[email protected]

 

Erin Bell, Ph.D.  

Co-Chair of the Search Committee for the Vice President for Research & Economic Development

Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health

[email protected]

 

August 30, 2021

Dear Colleagues:

I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on the search for the University’s next Vice President for Research and Economic Development.

Following extensive consideration of the four finalists who visited campus in July, which included feedback from the campus community, conversations with the candidates, discussions with the search firm Russell Reynolds Associates, and consultation with the search committee co-chairs, we extended an offer to one of the finalists. In addition to receiving broad campus support, this individual possessed a strong understanding of the transformational changes needed to expand UAlbany’s research enterprise.

Unfortunately, despite our very best efforts, the finalist was not able to accept our offer for personal reasons beyond our control. The remaining three finalists in this round are no longer under consideration due to a variety of circumstances.

At this time, I have asked the search committee to proceed with its work, and I remain confident that the University will recruit a national leader who will advance UAlbany’s research productivity, quality, and reputation as an R1 institution. As we have said throughout this process, we must move expeditiously while upholding our goal to identify the best individual to lead this critical enterprise.

We have an outstanding search committee that continues to do excellent work, and they are strongly committed to the success of this endeavor. We sincerely appreciate their time, effort, and active engagement in this process.

As we move forward, we will continue to keep the University community informed and we will certainly seek your ongoing participation.

 

Sincerely,

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Havidán Rodríguez
President