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Vice President for Research, Economic Development and Knowledge Enterprise Search

Updated October 14, 2019

UTSA names Bernard Arulanandam vice president for research, economic development and knowledge enterprise

The University of Texas at San Antonio today announced the selection of immunologist Bernard Arulanandam to serve as its vice president for research, economic development and knowledge enterprise. Arulanandam, the Jane and Roland Blumberg Professor in Bioscience at UTSA and the university’s current interim vice president for research, is a recognized scholar and researcher, most recently elected to the National Academy of Inventors in 2018. 

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Position Description

The University of Texas at San Antonio seeks a collaborative leader to serve as Vice President for Research, Economic Development and Knowledge Enterprise (VPREDKE). The VPREDKE serves as the University’s chief research officer, reporting directly to the President and working closely with the Provost and the Senior Vice President for Business Affairs. Responsibilities include leadership, guidance and management of all aspects of the University’s research operations, centers and institutes, commercialization and economic development services; leadership in developing and expanding UTSA’s research from individual projects to large scale, multi-disciplinary initiatives in research and graduate programs; representing UTSA throughout the state and nation with regard to research activities and programs; and, in line with UTSA’s mission, promoting and enhancing an ethnically and culturally diverse community that ensures a tolerant and stimulating educational environment.

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Search Committee Members

President Eighmy has appointed a committee of faculty, staff, students and community leaders to conduct the search. 

Kimberly Andrews Espy, Chair 
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Gabriel Alvarez
Undergraduate Student
UTSA President's Student Advisory Council Representative

Brandy Barksdale
Senior Academic Program Advisor, UTSA Advising
UTSA Staff Council Representative

Nicole Beebe
Melvin Lachman Distinguished Professor in Entrepreneurship and Director of the Cyber Center for Security and Analytics, College of Business

Lupita Carmona
Executive Director, ConTex

Krystel Castillo
Director of the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute and GreenStar Endowed Associate Professor in Energy, College of Engineering

Sedef Doganer
Associate Professor, College of Architecture, Construction and Planning

Walt Downing
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Southwest Research Institute

Andrea Giuffrida
Vice President for Research at UT Health San Antonio

Jamon Halvaksz
Associate Professor, College of Liberal and Fine Arts
UTSA Faculty Senate Representative

Brian Kelley
Associate Professor, College of Engineering

Kendra Ketchum
Vice President for Information Management and Technology

Robert Mitchell
Research Security Manager, Office of Research Integrity

Lynne Patrick
Technology Officer Director, Twenty-fourth Air Force (Air Forces Cyber)

Jaclyn Shaw
Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives & Research Partnerships, Office of Research Support

Richard Sifuentes
Director, UTSA Small Business Development Center

David Silva
Dean, College of Sciences

Rob Tillyer
Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies & Research, College of Public Policy

Application and Nomination Process

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit: a current resume or curriculum vitae and a cover letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position. Nomination letters should include the name, position, address and telephone number of the nominee. All applications and nominations will be handled in confidence.

Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted through the UTSA online recruitment system:

Questions may be submitted to:

Kimberly Andrews Espy
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Reference code "UTSA-VPREDKE" in subject line

This is a security sensitive position. Employment is contingent upon a successful background check. 

UTSA is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


July 2019
•  Position posted

August 2019
• First round candidates selected, interviewed, finalists recommended for advancement

September 2019
• Finalists visit campus and final candidate selected

October 2019
• Target for VPREDKE appointment announcement


*  All dates subject to change