Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska
September 19 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln invites nominations, inquiries, and applications for the position of Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development (VCRED). This leadership role offers an exciting opportunity for an innovative and driven person to advance the university’s important and growing research and economic development enterprise.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Nebraska, the flagship of the University of Nebraska system and member of the prestigious Big Ten Conference and Big Ten Academic Alliance, is ranked in the top tier of national research universities. Nebraska has achieved significant research growth, nearly tripling research expenditures over the past two decades. Nebraska’s growth in economic development surged with the 2015 opening of the new Nebraska Innovation Campus, designed to attract private-sector research partners. The VCRED will join the university at a pivotal moment in the institution’s 148-year history. Dr. Ronnie Green became the university’s 20th Chancellor in 2016 and has clearly articulated a vision to build on past successes and to further elevate Nebraska to even greater national stature. For more information, visit

Nebraska Research and Economic Development: Nebraska’s research expenditures totaled $295 million in FY2016. Federal research funding is comprehensive, with funding from a broad portfolio of agencies. The National Science Foundation accounted for 29 percent of federal research expenditures, followed by 23 percent from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 17 percent from the Department of Health and Human Services (including the National Institutes of Health), 8 percent from the Department of Defense and 5 percent each from the Departments of Energy and Transportation. The Milken Institute, an independent economic think tank, recently released “The Best Universities for Technology Transfer.” The report ranks the University of Nebraska system’s tech transfer efforts 35th among a field of 225 – putting NU in the top 16 percent nationally. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s overall economic impact across the State of Nebraska was $2 billion (2016 TrippUmbach Economic Contribution Report), including directly or indirectly supporting 17,000 jobs across Nebraska.

The Position: As the chief research and economic development officer for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the VCRED provides intellectual, strategic, and visionary leadership for the university’s research and economic development enterprise. The VCRED collaboratively leads and develops new programs and research directions to enhance the university’s intellectual contributions to discoveries, innovative partnerships to advance research and economic development, and the national standing of the university. The VCRED strengthens links with the external community, in national and international arenas, articulating and implementing the overall vision for partnerships to promote research and economic development. The VCRED reports to the Executive Vice Chancellor/Chief Academic Officer, and to the Chancellor on matters of economic development. She/he will serve on the Chancellor’s Cabinet and will oversee approx. 100 staff in the Office of Research and Economic Development.

For more information, visit  Send applications (curriculum vitae and detailed cover letter), nominations, and inquiries to the email address below. For priority consideration, please apply by October 31, 2017.

Paul Chou, Co-Managing Director, and
Josh Ward, Ph.D., Senior Associate

Global Education Practice, Korn Ferry, Philadelphia, PA

The University of Nebraska is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance and dual careers.