5 VP candidates remain

The number of candidates for the position of vice president for research has been narrowed to five.

According to a university press release, President Fred Gainous said the search committee has done a great job of finding a group of extremely qualified and notable candidates. With the original number of candidates being 21, the search committee is rapidly moving forward.

The top five candidates for the vice president for research include Gwendolyn C. Davis, chief of the office of minority recruitment and equal opportunity in Bethesda, Md., Robert L. Ford, assistant associate commissioner for Sponsored Programs at the Louisiana Board of Regents, in Baton Rouge, La., and Phyllis Gray-Ray, dean of the school of graduate studies and research at Winston-Salem State University, in Winston-Salem, N.C., John H. Hall Jr., professor of natural sciences at Morehouse College, in Atlanta and Charles A. Weatherford, professor and associate director of the FAMU Institute for Molecular Computations, in Tallahassee, are also

candidates for the position at hand.

“The vice president for research is supposed to develop ways to assist

faculty and staff in gathering research funds on the state and federal

level,” said LaNedra Carroll, a spokeswoman for the university office of

public affairs.

The person selected for this position will have an indirect impact on daily

students life through FAMU’s faculty and staff.

In addition, the chosen candidate is expected to be skilled in creating

and nurturing partnerships. These partnerships should be between the

university and the corporate and private sectors, but they are not limited.

Dr. Dhyana Ziegler is the acting vice president for research. Under

Ziegler’s direction as acting vice president, many partnerships have been

enhanced. One example of a partnership that has been formed and enhanced is

with the Defense Intelligence Agency.

The Defense Intelligence Agency visited FAMU and as result of their visit

and due to the capabilities of the faculty, FAMU now has the potential to

generating meaningful sums of revenue for the university, according to Wanda

Ford, acting director of sponsored research.

The search committee headed by Dr. Larry Robinson, director of the

Environmental Sciences Institute, will interview the five candidates and then

redirect the top three candidates to President Gainous.

President Gainous expects the search process for a new vice president for

research to be completed by the end of the year.