Vice Chancellor for Research & Economic Development Search

Information on Candidates and Public Presentations

Reporting to the Chancellor and working in close collaboration with the Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development (VC-RED) provides a broad vision and executive leadership for research policy and planning on campus, as well for a diverse portfolio of economic development activities in the region. It requires a close working relationship with deans, department chairs, and faculty to enhance campus-wide research collaboration and innovation, and direct oversight for the offices of Sponsored Programs, Research Integrity, Research Development, Technology Partnerships, the Campus Veterinarian, and Campus Research Centers and Research Units.  

Please feel free to provide input on the preferred qualities and attributes for this position via this online form, this email address (, or by contacting any of the search committee members listed below. The executive search firm Witt/Kieffer will provide support throughout this search process. 

Leadership Profile (PDF)

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by April 24, 2019. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Statement, a Statement of Contributions to Diversity, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. For more information on the Statement of Contributions to Diversity, please see These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the University of California Riverside’s consultants Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D., Jen Pickard, Ph.D. and Julia Venetos at The consultants can be reached through the office of Francine Heymanson at 949-797-3503.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Search Advisory Committee

Committee Chair: Kathryn Uhrich, CNAS Dean and Professor of Chemistry (contact info: 
Alexander Balandin, Distinguished Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Krassimir Bozhilov, Director, Central Facility for Advanced Microscopy & Microanalysis
Sandra Brown, Vice Chancellor for Research, UC San Diego
Katayoon Dehesh, Distinguished Professor, Botany and Plant Sciences
Melvin Martinez, Associated Students UCR Student Representative
Rosibel Ochoa, Associate Vice Chancellor, Technology Partnerships
Maurizio Pellecchia, Professor, Biomedical Sciences
Shawn Ragan, Graduate Student Association President
Roseanne Rosenthal, Diversity Council Student Representative
Cindy Roth, President, Riverside Chambers of Commerce
Aaron Seitz, Professor, Psychology
Jennifer Talbot, Graduate School of Education Analyst, Staff Assembly Representative
Kiril Tomoff, CHASS Associate Dean and Professor of History

Contact Information

For questions regarding this search, please contact:

Zachary A. Smith
Deputy Managing Partner 
949-851-5070 (office)  

Beth Claassen Thrush
Project Policy Analyst
Office of the Chancellor
951-827-1122 (office)