OVPR Leadership Team
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Fernando provides financial leadership and direction for all OVPR units, centers, and programs, with responsibility for budgeting, financial planning and analysis, reporting, forecasting, policy compliance, supervision of staff, and financial operations oversight. Fernando joined OVPR administration in 2017 after working briefly in OVPR’s Technology Commercialization office. Before that, he worked for more than 20 years in finance and administration for large multinational companies, including in budgeting, forecasting, auditing, and strategic planning as well as administrative areas of information technology, human resources, and facilities management. He has degrees from Oxford University, University of St. Thomas, and St. Cloud State University.
(612) 624-2609, email@example.com
Dan leads OVPR’s communications department, which plans, coordinates, and implements communications strategies that highlight the importance of the UMN’s research enterprise and its role as a partner in economic development and technological advancements. He advises the vice president for research and his executive leadership on communications and government relations and assists with issue management related to research for OVPR and the University. He previously served the University as a speechwriter to two presidents, federal relations coordinator, and Extension program coordinator. He holds two policy-related degrees from Stanford University.
Executive Director - Technology Commercialization
(612) 625-3760, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rick oversees the Technology Commercialization office, which facilitates the transfer of UMN research to products and services that benefit the public through licensing, business partnerships, and startup ventures. Before joining Technology Commercialization in 2008, Rick worked for 20 years in the software industry, including executive management with Control Data, OpenVision Technologies, Veritas Software, and Symantec. Rick received a bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics from the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse.
Co-Director - Strategic Partnerships and Research Collaborative
Amy serves as a Director of the Strategic Partnerships and Research Collaborative (SPARC), which engages researchers and practitioners to establish new large-scale programs that catalyze collaboration, innovate for new discoveries, and deliver practical new solutions that address complex challenges. SPARC provides a comprehensive supporting structure that allows partners from around the globe and faculty and staff from across the University system to build interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral programs for global impact. Previously, Amy led the Food Protection and Defense Institute, a DHS Center of Excellence. Prior to coming to the University, Dr. Kircher was an epidemiologist with the U.S. Department of Defense where she led disease surveillance, epidemiologic modeling, bioterrorism preparedness, and served as a public health expert. Dr. Kircher has an extensive background in public health, disaster preparedness and response, homeland security and defense, and supply chains. Amy received her Doctorate in Public Health at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
Associate Vice President for Research and Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education and Human Development
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Frances oversees the work of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), the Office of Biotechnology Activities Oversight (OBAO), and several research-focused centers and institutes. She also leads Research Advancement, which supports interdisciplinary initiatives, administers UMN research grant programs, guides research infrastructure planning, and directs research policy and review. She is an award-winning researcher and teacher with a specialization in science and mathematics program evaluation. She has held departmental and college leadership positions and published well over 100 research papers and over 200 evaluation reports in addition to other scholarly work. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. Frances Lawrenz biography.
Units & Initiatives
- Biotech Oversight (DURC, FTR, HGT, IBC, SCRO)
- Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3)
- Center for Transportation Studies
- Genomics Center
- Hormel Institute
- Institute on the Environment
- Institutional Animal Care & Use
- Institute for Social Research & Data Innovation (ISRDI)
- Research Animal Resources
- Research Advancement: Internal Funding Opportunities
Associate Vice President for Research and Professor, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health (SPH)
(612) 625-1927, firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael has regulatory and compliance responsibilities associated with the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP), Institutional Review Board (IRB), the Research Compliance Office (RCO), and several OVPR academic centers and institutes. He also serves as OVPR’s point person for the AHC restructuring plan. He is a past director of graduate program in Epidemiology, served as a longtime member and leader of the UMN’s IRB, and served the Faculty Senate in various roles. His research focuses on the social determinants of health, and he has won SPH-wide awards for teaching and advising students. He currently directs the Interdisciplinary Research Leaders (IRL), a nationwide research leadership program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Michael Oakes biography.
Units & Initiatives
- Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP)
- Consortium on Law and Values
- Human Research Protection Program
- Institutional Review Board (IRB)
- Limited Extramural Opportunities
- Research Compliance Office
- University Press
Assistant Vice President and Chief of Staff
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As chief of staff, Lisa ensures effective planning and coordination of the research agenda including strategic initiatives, priority setting, and work planning. Lisa manages OVPR's centralized shared services, including communications, information technology, human resources, finance, and the administrative support team. She began her career in accounting positions and expanded her experience to include research administration, information technology, compliance policy, business analysis, strategic planning, and project management in her more than 30 years at the University of Minnesota. Lisa holds a B.S. in accounting from the Carlson School of Management and an MPA from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
Units & Initiatives
- Human Resources & Administration
- Information Technology & Systems
Pamela A. Webb
Associate Vice President for Research
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Pamela is responsible for pre-award and post-award nonfinancial services supporting about $790 million in research awards annually, as well as negotiation of facilities and administrative rates, effort reporting, and research policy and education. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota in 2007, Pamela led pre-award and post-award administration at Stanford University, and served in research administration at the UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, and Northwestern University. In August 2016, she received her industry’s highest honor, the Outstanding Achievement in Research Administration Award. She is a leader in national research organizations, including the Council on Government Relations, and holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin.
Units & Initiatives
- Cost Analysis
- Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA)
- System Campus SPA Offices