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Research News

From the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Spring 1996 Vol. 27, No. 3

From the Associate Provost

We have a Director! On May 6, RSP welcomed Dr. William Sellers, freshly arrived from California. Bill comes to us from the Office of the President, University of California, where he served as principal administrative analyst. He was responsible for interpreting and administering research policies for the University of California system. Bill lived in Berkeley and worked in Oakland.

Before going to California in the mid-1980's, Bill was an Assistant Director in the Office of Sponsored Programs at the University of Chicago where he also worked as an administrator in the Department of Economics and earned the Ph.D. in Philosophy. Bill has had an eclectic career, as owner of a family bakery/bookstore in Maine, developer and manager of Small Creek Vineyards in Napa, California, and president of Smart Books, Inc., a publisher of multimedia college textbooks. Along with this refreshing variety of occupations, Bill has managed to become a nationally recognized expert in research administration policy.

If you have not introduced yourself to Bill, please drop by the RSP office (122 Allyn) to welcome him to Wright State. My thanks to all of you who helped bring our search process to a successful conclusion.

Jay Thomas

Notes from the Director

I have been on the job only a short time, but already I am very impressed by the high level of professionalism and expertise of the RSP staff. I am also thankful that Dr. Thomas is allowing me to settle in gradually, giving me time to become familiar with relevant university policies and customs.

Overall I intend to keep the focus of the office on faculty. RSP is and will continue to be a comprehensive sponsored programs office, providing a full range of services at all stages of the proposal/award process.

There are also specific initiatives that I have been charged by Dr. Thomas to undertake in my first year at WSU:

  • work with faculty to seek out sources of funding;
  • help revise university policies in the areas of patents, licensing, and technology transfer;
  • fine-tune the WSU conflict of interest policy and merge it with a broader ethics policy being considered by the Board of Trustees; and
  • help RSP become a leader in the development and implementation of electronic research administration.

I will keep you posted on my progress in these areas in future issues of Research News.

Please feel free to stop by the RSP office in 122 Allyn any time. We're here to help.


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