Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

Vice President for Research and Innovation

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Blacksburg, VT, United States

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, also known as Virginia Tech or VT, seeks an experienced and energetic leader to inspire, implement, and achieve its research and innovation aspirations as Vice President for Research and Innovation (VPRI). The VPRI reports directly to the Executive Vice President and Provost (EVP and Provost). The VPRI joins the EVP and Provost on the President’s Executive Staff.

Virginia Tech is one of the premier research universities in the U.S. Virginia Tech offers a technologically focused education across more than 280 degree programs to 36,383 undergraduate and graduate students in fields ranging from medicine to physics, engineering to the social sciences and humanities, business to natural resources, and agriculture to the arts. Virginia Tech is ranked 5th in the nation for its number of engineering graduates and 46th in the nation on the National Science Foundation Rankings by Total R&D Expenditures. Its leadership manages a research portfolio of more than $530 million. In 2020, U.S. News & World Report ranked Virginia Tech number 30 among the nation’s best public universities and number 74 among the National Universities. Its consolidated operating budget for 2019-20 is $1.66 billion. Its endowment was $1.35 billion as of July 2019.

Research constitutes part of the core of Virginia Tech. The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) bolsters the research enterprise at Virginia Tech through services and support that help faculty, staff, and students plan, perform, and commercialize groundbreaking research. Embodying its motto of Ut Prosim and delivering on its land-grant heritage, Virginia Tech’s research enterprise is broad in its sponsorship, partnership, discipline, and impact.
The vice president serves as a collaborative and strategic leader to champion Virginia Tech’s research programs and capabilities around the globe, further drive research and scholarship, increase extramural award expenditures, promote innovation and creativity, work collaboratively and serve others, further develop and build external relationships, and lead a high-performing team. The OVPRI has a current operating budget of $77 million and a staff of 145 full-time employees. Another 904 employees work in the institutes, for a total of 1,049.

Competitive candidates for this role will have an earned doctorate and the academic credentials required for a tenured faculty appointment at the rank of professor in an academic department of the university. For best consideration, all applications, nominations, and confidential inquiries should be sent as soon as possible to:

Ms. Julie E. Tea, Partner

Dr. Tom Fitch, Partner
Ms. Elizabeth Currie Moseley, ’94, Senior Associate
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates

Applications should include a letter of candidacy and a complete résumé or vita.

For more information, please visit Virginia Tech’s home page at and see the full position description at:

Virginia Tech is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

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Vice President for Research and Innovation