Howard University has selected Harris Search Associates to lead the search for the next Vice President for Research 

Harris Search Associates has been selected to lead the search for the next Vice President for Research at Howard University.

Reporting to the Provost and Chief Academic Officer of the University, the Vice President for Research (VPR) serves as the “Chief Research Officer” for the University, and is responsible for advancing the university’s research strategy by promoting the pursuit of research on the part of faculty members and students.   The Vice President heads the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs, providing leadership in guiding institutional strategic planning for research, sponsored program development and research infrastructure, and operations.  

The VPR encourages and supports investigators; facilitates multidisciplinary projects; seeks out new sources of funding; strives to connect campus units in new ways in order to train the best students and retain top faculty, guarantees the ethical, informed, and safe conduct of research; and fosters industry collaboration and technology transfer.

Established in 1867, chartered and incorporated by an Act of the United States Congress, Howard University is a federally chartered, private, coeducational, nonsectarian, historically black university located in Washington, D.C.  Founded as a University for the education of youth in the liberal arts and sciences, Howard is Carnegie classified as a high research activity.  The University consists of 13 schools and colleges: Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences, Business, Communications, Education, Law, Divinity, Social Work, Arts and Sciences, Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  Within these divisions, students choose from 58 degree programs and 181 majors. 

Harris Search Associates - an IIC Partners member firm, is a leading global executive search and board advisory consulting firm with 54 offices in 36 countries worldwide.  Our practice is focused on identifying and attracting leaders to support the growth of clients in the areas of research, science, engineering, academic medicine and commercial enterprises. Clients include the foremost universities, research parks, institutes, academic medical centers, hospitals, and commercial organizations driving global innovation and discovery.

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