The University of Arkansas has appointed a new vice chancellor for research and innovation.
College of Engineering dean John English will be taking over the role on Nov. 1, 2020. He will succeed Daniel Sui who is departing to take a similar role at Virginia Tech. Sui will become Virginia Tech’s vice president for research and innovation on Nov. 1.
English joined the University of Arkansas in 2013. He previously was the LeRoy C. and Aileen H. Paslay Chair of the Kansas State College of Engineering. He obtained a B.S.E.E. degree and M.S. degree in operations research from the University of Arkansas and a Ph.D. in industrial engineering and management from Oklahoma State University.
Sui was appointed the U of A vice chancellor for research and innovation in Oct. 2018. Since his appointment, the university’s research expenditures rose to $180.2 million in 2019.
“We are grateful to Dan for his leadership in a time of transition for the Office of Research and Innovation,” Chancellor Joseph E. Steinmetz said in a statement. “He has done a great job building the infrastructure to support faculty research and improving our systems for research awards and expenditures, ensuring we are in alignment with national best practices, helping to establish and position a distinct research office following its separation from economic development. His work to help launch the planning for the Institute for Integrative and Innovative Research and the accompanying facility has been helpful and much appreciated.”
Interim provost Charles Robinson will name an interim dean for the College of Engineering.