Auburn University’s vice president of research named to board of national research consortium

AUBURN – John Mason, Auburn University’s associate provost and vice president for research, has been elected to the board of directors for the Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

ORAU is a consortium of leading Ph.D.-granting institutions that cultivates collaborative partnerships to enhance scientific research and education.

Mason earned a bachelor’s in transportation from Pennsylvania State University, a master’s in transportation engineering from Villanova University and a doctorate in civil engineering from Texas A&M University. At Auburn, he is responsible for research program development, sponsored programs, technology transfer and commercialization. He is also president of the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation.

“Dr. Mason is leading a number of multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional initiatives that support critical national and regional research and development priorities,” said Auburn President Jay Gogue.

Mason joins five other new members of the ORAU board: Dale Klein from the University of Texas at Austin, Brendt Mueller from Duke University, Paul Sokol from Indiana University, Diane Schmidt from Proctor and Gamble, and Theodore Sherry from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

“These new directors bring a wealth of administrative, academic and research leadership to the ORAU board of directors,” said ORAU President and CEO Andy Page. “Their knowledge and experience will be a strong complement to this multi-disciplinary team as we continue to work together to meet our strategic objectives over the coming years.”

(Contributed by Brian Keeter.)

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