Position Description

 Vice President for Research and Innovation

Western Michigan University (WMU) invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice President for Research and Innovation. Reporting to the President, the Vice President for Research and Innovation provides leadership across campus to develop and implement a clear vision for enhancing WMU's research enterprise including cultivating a strong culture of scholarship, research, creative activities, and innovation; expanding strategic research initiatives and partnerships; and further developing the WMU’s infrastructure and administrative support for research and compliance.

The preferred candidate will have an earned doctorate degree or equivalent combined with an academic record sufficient to be granted advanced rank and tenure in one of the University's academic departments; demonstrated ability to facilitate and attract support for scholarship, research, creative activities, and innovation — from the public and private sectors — consistent with the expectations of a University fully engaged in both graduate and undergraduate education; commitment to support the core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion embedded in WMU’s strategic plan; strong, effective leadership and decision-making skills, with a record of at least five years successful administrative experience within a large, complex organization, preferably in a large, public research setting; experience developing and supporting innovation through intellectual property, tech transfer, commercialization, and related activities; commitment to research as a core component of the academic enterprise and the ability to engage the entire institution around research, creative activities, and innovation to advance the University's mission; and demonstrated commitment to expanding research infrastructure.

The Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) commits to providing leadership in scholarship, research, creative activities, and innovation activities. It is recognized that the research and discovery enterprises involve the work of the faculty, research staff, and students at WMU. Members of the University community need to engage for ORI to continue supporting their success in research and innovation. Research impacts the lives of others by the knowledge generated through scholarship and discovery. ORI is committed to building capacity through the promotion of interdisciplinary scholarship and discovery; and it is also committed to the generation, commercialization, and licensing of WMU intellectual property.

For more information about the position, please view the position profile link: https://greenwoodsearch.com/current-opportunities/


How to Apply

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, LLC is assisting Western Michigan University in this search. Applications and nominations are now being accepted. For a full application package, please provide a cover letter, CV, and list of five references. Confidential inquiries, nominations, and application materials should be directed to Greenwood/Asher & Associates, LLC. Submission of application materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made.


Please direct inquiries, nominations, and application materials to:

Jan Greenwood, Ph.D.
Co-Founder, Greenwood/Asher & Associates, LLC   
Vice President and Managing Partner, Kelly
E-mail: jangreenwood@greenwoodsearch.com

Shelley Sullivan Feather
Senior Executive Search Consultant and Practice Leader,
Library and Information Science
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, LLC
E-mail: shelleyfeather@greenwoodsearch.com

Western Michigan University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and all other qualified individuals are encouraged to apply. For more information on Western Michigan University, please visit http://www.wmich.edu/