Search Committee for Vice President of Research

Message to USC Faculty and Staff

From: Elizabeth A. Graddy, Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

September 13, 2019

Earlier this week, I wrote to let you know that Vice President of Research Randy Hall will step down from his position, effective December 31, 2019. We are moving quickly to find our new vice president of research who will continue to grow USC’s global leadership in ethical, groundbreaking, interdisciplinary research.

We have assembled an advisory search committee of research leaders from across the university. The committee will be chaired by Dean Pinchas Cohen of the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, and it will report to incoming Provost Charles Zukoski. Please join me in thanking the committee members for their service to the university. We have engaged Parker Executive Search to assist us; Laurie Wilder is our primary consultant from the firm.

As the search committee moves forward, the following rules of engagement will guide its work: (1) The final choice of the vice president is made by the president. (2) During the entire process, there will be no votes by any group or constituency. (3) Those who are asked to interview the final candidates will be invited to send their comments regarding the strengths and possible weaknesses of the final candidates to the provost confidentially. (4) There will be no final vote within the advisory search committee. (5) All nominations will come before the advisory search committee without filtering. (6) The committee will forward an unranked list of 3-4 finalists to the provost.

We will begin the search immediately, and we will update you on our progress. I look forward to the committee’s work on this vital position to our university community.

Cc: Carol L. Folt
Academic Senate
Academic Deans
President’s Cabinet
Provost’s Cabinet

Vice President of Research Advisory Search Committee

Pinchas Cohen, Chair
Dean; Professor of Gerontology, Medicine and Biological Sciences; William and Sylvia Kugel Dean’s Chair in Gerontology; Executive Director, Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center
USC Davis School of Gerontology

Andy McMahon
W.M. Keck Provost and University Professor of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine and Biological Sciences; Chair of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine; Director, Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC
Keck School of Medicine of USC

Caryn Lerman
Professor of Psychiatry & the Behavioral Sciences; H. Leslie and Elaine S. Hoffman Cancer Research Chair; Director, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
Keck School of Medicine of USC

Ricky Bluthenthal
Professor of Preventive Medicine; Associate Dean for Social Justice
Keck School of Medicine of USC

Stephen Bradforth
Professor of Chemistry; Divisional Dean for Natural Sciences and Mathematics
USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Jane Junn
USC Associates Chair in Social Sciences and Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies
USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Mahta Moghaddam
William M. Hogue Professorship in Electrical Engineering; Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Craig Knoblock
Executive Director, Information Sciences Institute; Director of Informatics Program; Research Professor of Computer Science and Spatial Sciences
USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Yang Chai
George and MaryLou Boone Professor of Craniofacial Molecular Biology; Director, Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology; Associate Dean of Research
Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

Eileen Crimmins
AARP Professor of Gerontology; University Professor; Director, Multidisciplinary Research Training in Gerontology PhD Program
USC Davis School of Gerontology

David Brown
Interim Senior Vice President, University Relations
USC Office of Government Relations

Rob Johnson
Associate Senior Vice President
Financial and Business Services

Dana Goldman
Distinguished Professor of Pharmacy, Public Policy, and Economics; Leonard D. Schaeffer Director’s Chair, Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics
USC Price School of Public Policy