NDSU Provost Beth Ingram has announced Jane Schuh, professor of microbiological sciences, has accepted a one-year appointment as vice president for research and creative activity.
According to Ingram, Schuh also will serve on the boards of directors for the NDSU Research and Technology Park and NDSU Research Foundation.
“I am delighted to make this announcement. Dr. Schuh brings with her extensive administrative experience and an in-depth knowledge of the NDSU community,” Ingram said, noting Schuh’s appointment officially begins July 1, and her first day in the office will be Monday, July 2.
“I’m really looking forward to the opportunity of working with friends and colleagues from across the campus and across the state,” Schuh said.“I think we can use the power of research and partnerships across the state to do great things for North Dakota.”
Schuh said her immediate objective is getting to know her team. “I’m very excited to work with such a fantastic group of people in the research office,” she said. “I want to get their ideas on what we do and the opportunities that they see for our offerings and partnerships with the campus and beyond. I also want to take it to the people by talking with researchers, as well as businesses, policy makers and entrepreneurs in our community. How do they see our relationships building?”
Schuh is an immunologist who directs NDSU’s cellular and molecular biology interdisciplinary graduate program and serves as the associate director of the North Dakota Experiment Station. Her lab studies how microorganisms impact human respiratory health.
Schuh earned her bachelor’s degree in zoology and doctorate in cellular and molecular biology at NDSU and had a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan Medical School. She has been a member of many interdisciplinary research and teaching groups on campus and was the YWCA’s Woman of the Year for Science and Technology in 2017. She has extensive administrative experience across many areas, having served as an assistant academic dean, an associate research director, a graduate program director and an interim business dean.
She succeeds Kelly Rusch, who is returning to a faculty position in the NDSU College of Engineering. Rusch also has been appointed executive director of the North Dakota Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, known as ND EPSCoR.
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