Presidential Blue Ribbon Panel on Research Established
By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
December 19, 2007
The search for a new vice president of research has been put on hold until
the summer of 2008 while a panel explores the future needs of the university
and the optimal organizational structure for the Office for Research.
President Mark Huddleston has melded the Vice President for Research Search
Committee and the Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Strategic
Planning Steering Committee to form the Presidential Blue Ribbon Panel on
Taylor Eighmy will stay on as interim vice president until a new head of
research has been found.
Charged with laying the groundwork for next year’s search, the panel
will first consider three critical questions:
1) What does UNH need to do now to ensure the vitality of research, scholarship,
and creative activity for the next 10 years?
2) What is the right mission and organizational structure for the Office
for Research, and, by extension, the right qualifications for a vice president
3) How do we ensure that research activities are integrally connected to
and supportive of our broader academic mission?
The answers to these questions will aid the next vice president for research
with his or her strategic planning.
Jan Nisbet, director of the Institute On Disability and Amitava Bhattacharjee,
Peter Paul Professor, Space Science Center and physics professor, have been
selected to co-chair the panel, which will convene with an initial framing
retreat early next year. A professional facilitator will be called upon as
well as outside experts familiar with academic research administration.
Following the retreat, Nisbet and Bhattacharjee will work with a small task
force to undertake further focused analysis and prepare recommendations for
timely action, consulting with the broader Blue Ribbon Panel, and others,
as they deem necessary.
The work is expected to be completed by the end of April 2008 and the search
for the new vice president of research launched during the summer of 2008.