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President Announces Changes in University's Research Office

April 22, 2009

President Mark Huddleston has announced an internal search for a senior vice provost for research, expected to be completed by the end of June. This new position will report to the provost and replaces the current vice president for research title, held since 2007 on an interim basis by Taylor Eighmy.

Last week, Eighmy, a research professor in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS) and former assistant vice president for research and director of strategic initiatives, was named vice president for research at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, effective July 1. Beginning this week, Eighmy is out on medical leave which was scheduled before he was named vice president at Texas Tech.

Janet Campbell, research professor in the Ocean Process Analysis Laboratory, associate dean for research in CEPS, and interim associate director for research and academic affairs in the Institute of Earth, Oceans and Space (EOS), has been appointed by Huddleston to lead the office of research during the transition. 

“I want to thank Taylor for his good work in expanding the university's research initiatives with the federal government and the private sector, and for successfully raising the visibility of UNH research programs,” said Huddleston. “I am grateful for his wise counsel, which will be missed, and wish him all the best at Texas Tech. I am very thankful that Janet has agreed to lead the research enterprise over the coming weeks.  She is a highly respected scientist and a capable administrator, and I know we are in good hands.”

Huddleston has named Kevin Gardner, associate professor of civil engineering and director of the Environmental Research Group, to chair the search committee to identify the university’s next chief research officer. “UNH is blessed with experts in many research areas and I am confident we will find a leader who can move the university’s research agenda forward,” Huddleston said.

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