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Posted 08.30.07


Robert Hall to Serve as Interim Vice Chancellor of Research

COLUMBIA, MO -- Rob Hall, a 30-year member of the University of Missouri-Columbia faculty and administration, has been named Interim Vice Chancellor for Research, MU Provost Brian Foster announced today. Hall, who has served as associate vice chancellor for research since 2000, will take the position effective Sept. 13.

Robert Hall."We're fortunate to have someone of Dr. Hall's caliber and experience in the Office of Research to take this very important position," Foster said. "He knows the University well and has worked with many of our researchers during his time as associate vice chancellor. He also served as interim Vice Provost before Jim Coleman took that position in 2003. We're pleased that he agreed to take this assignment and look forward to building on the success that we have had with our research in recent years."

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Hall received a bachelor's degree in English in 1973 from the University of Maryland. In 1975, he received a master's degree and in 1977, he received his doctorate, both in medical and veterinary entomology from Virginia Tech University. In 1997, he received a juris doctorate from the MU School of Law. He began his career as an assistant professor of entomology at MU in 1977. He also has served in the United States Air Force and was a colonel in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps.

Hall is replacing Jim Coleman, who announced his resignation to take a similar position at Rice University. In his current role, Hall is MU's research compliance officer, responsible for assuring that MU adheres to all federal and state regulations related to human and animal research. He also is responsible for ensuring research integrity and biological safety at the university.

Hall will hire an interim associate vice chancellor for research. Together, they will cover the combined responsibilities of both positions. These areas include compliance, strategic development of the MU research agenda, working closely with deans and researchers, tech transfer issues, working with federal and state funding agencies, and being the public voice of MU's research programs.

"MU continues to have remarkable success in research and scholarship in every discipline on campus," Hall said. "In the Office of Research, we fully expect to maintain the momentum and the good work that Jim Coleman was responsible for during his time here. During the upcoming months, we look forward to continuing the leadership for the University's research community and continue our success this year."

Last year, Mizzou scientists spent more than $174 million on research projects. Of the $174 million, $134 million came from federal sources such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Other sources included state agencies and private foundations. A search committee will be appointed within the next two weeks to initiate a national search for the permanent position.



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