Senior Vice President for Research



TO: Campus Community
FROM: President Ann Weaver Hart
DATE: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Senior Vice President for Research


I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Kimberly Andrews Espy has accepted an appointment as Senior Vice President for Research, effective May 27, 2014. As Senior Vice President for Research, Dr. Espy’s role will involve leadership of the University of Arizona’s research enterprise, including its museums and research institutes, and she will be a member of the university cabinet.

Dr. Espy has held the position of Vice President for Research and Innovation, and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Oregon since 2011. In these roles, she has led efforts to significantly expand UO’s research infrastructure and initiated the University’s Research Development Services, which assists faculty in proposal development. She has also worked to build partnerships in Oregon to help accelerate research application through start-up businesses, and I look forward to her leadership as the UA expands its research enterprise and continues to develop significant partnerships with government, business and other research institutions throughout Arizona and around the world.  

Dr. Espy is also an accomplished clinical neuroscientist and in her federally-funded research she has pioneered the integration of cognitive neuroscience tools and advanced multilevel growth modeling methods to create a better understanding of cognitive development in young children and infants, and to identify antecedents to behavioral disorders in medically at-risk populations.

As we continue to implement the goals of our Never Settle academic plan, Dr. Espy’s experience as a research administrator, her talent as a scientist and clinician, and her leadership abilities will allow her to make important contributions to the success of the UA’s faculty, staff and students as Senior Vice President for Research. Please join me in giving her a very warm welcome and in thanking the search committee for their diligent work in conducting a robust national search to identify Dr. Espy as the premier candidate for this position.