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UI Names New Vice President for Research and Economic Development

June 13, 2016

The University of Idaho is pleased to announce that Janet Nelson has accepted the position of vice president for Research and Economic Development, effective Sept. 1, 2016.

Nelson has a doctorate in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., and nearly 30 years of experience in scientific research, scientific review and research portfolio administration, complex and multi-disciplinary program/project management, business development science policy implementation and academic administration.

“I am excited about the opportunities that await me at the University of Idaho, and I am looking forward to working closely with the executive leadership team to propel the University of Idaho to achieve the highest standards of excellence,” Nelson said. “It is clear that the faculty and staff at the University of Idaho care deeply about developing the minds of our future leaders, improving lives and strengthening our society. It is an honor to serve the university and community in building the research and scholarship programs that will contribute the success of this land-grant university.”

Nelson is currently the associate vice chancellor for research development at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is a demonstrated leader with direct career experiences across academia, government, not-for-profit organizations and industrial communities. She also has technical experience ranging from catalysis and energy research to biomedical research and enabling technology development.

“Janet brings a strong skillset to the University of Idaho, and one that will be highly valuable as we work to expand our footprint as a leading, national research institution,” said UI President Chuck Staben. “Her experience will be instrumental as we continue to build research partnerships with industry and continually increase our research funding.”

Media Contact:
Jodi Walker
Director, University Communications

Janet Nelson

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