Auburn University to launch search for new associate vice president for research

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – John Mason, Auburn University’s associate provost and vice president for research, will initiate an internal search this summer for the position of associate vice president for research. The position will become vacant following the departure of Carl Pinkert, who will join the University of Alabama as its vice president for research Nov. 1.

Frank Bartol, associate dean for research and graduate studies in Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine, will chair the search, which Mason says will begin Aug. 16 as faculty and students return from summer break.

“There are many talented individuals on our campus that will be strong candidates for this position,” said Mason. “I look forward to the recommendations from the search committee as they seek the best-qualified candidates.”

Members of the search committee will represent stakeholders and campus governance groups, including the University Senate, faculty, Student Government Association, deans and other administrators, Mason said.

Pinkert joined Auburn in 2006 and has served as associate vice president for research since 2009. In 2011 he was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

“Dr. Pinkert has been very effective in working across Auburn University to enhance our research enterprise. His coordination efforts with the various academic units and respective faculty have likewise advanced our scholarly and interdisciplinary initiatives,” Mason said.

Mason expects to name Pinkert’s replacement by Oct. 1.

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