U of M Names Dr. Andy Meyers Interim Vice President for Research
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The University of Memphis has named Dr. Andy Meyers interim vice president for Research,
emphasizing the University’s new focus on research. “This change elevates the role
of research, provides a voice at the highest administrative levels, and sets the stage
for expanding research support and infrastructure on campus,” said U of M Provost
Dr. David Rudd.
Meyers has served the University of Memphis in varied administrative roles over the
years, including chair of the Department of Psychology from 1990-2002, executive director
of the FedEx Institute of Technology from 2004-2005, and most recently as vice provost
for Research and executive director of the University of Memphis Research Foundation.
The U of M has set a goal of $100 million in research expenditures, with annual award
totals fluctuating for the past several years between $45 and $50 million. The University
recently completed a research capacity analysis that will help guide the expansion
of support and infrastructure geared toward growing research activity, with an emphasis
on interdisciplinary efforts.
An implementation plan has also been developed. Both were the products of work groups
that included a broad cross section of faculty members and members of the Faculty
Senate Research Committee.