March 23, 2023

College of Arkansas’ high analysis officer resigns; interim named

John English, vice chancellor for analysis and innovation on the College of Arkansas in Fayetteville since November 2020, is resigning from the job and returning to the UA’s School of Engineering school, efficient Dec. 31.

In keeping with a UA information launch Friday (Nov. 18), Margaret Sova McCabe, a senior adviser for strategic tasks and professor of regulation on the UA, will tackle the interim position whereas a nationwide seek for the English’s alternative begins. The non permanent appointment will likely be along with her present duties.

Earlier than assuming the vice chancellor’s position two years in the past, English was dean of the School of Engineering for seven years. He was additionally head of the Division of Industrial Engineering from 2000 to 2007.

“I’m so enthusiastic about returning to my roots, my past love of instructing and being a school member,” English mentioned. “To have had a profession come full circle on this approach is extremely humbling and fulfilling, and I’m actually wanting ahead to this subsequent part of my lengthy profession in increased schooling and serving my alma mater.”

English is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. He holds his B.S.E.E. diploma and M.S. diploma in operations analysis from the UA and his Ph.D. in industrial engineering and administration from Oklahoma State College. Earlier than becoming a member of the UA as dean in 2013, he served as dean and the LeRoy C. and Aileen H. Paslay Chair of the Kansas State School of Engineering.

“I’d prefer to thank John for his management throughout this pivotal time in rising the college’s analysis enterprise,” Chancellor Charles Robinson mentioned. “He has been a steadfast presence on this campus, which has benefited from his contributions to the mission of instructing, analysis and repair. I’m grateful that he’ll proceed to assist college students on our campus by way of persevering with his instructing duties.”

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Below English’s management of the Division of Analysis and Innovation, the college reorganized the division, including clear communications channels and deliberate progress within the Workplace of Sponsored Initiatives and different important applications and actions to raised assist researchers.

Together with the vice chancellor for financial improvement, English recruited and employed the inaugural director of the Institute for Integrative and Modern Analysis (I3R) and constructed a robust collaboration with different analysis establishments within the state, together with the College of Arkansas at Little Rock, the College of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Arkansas Kids’s Analysis Institute, the College of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Arkansas State College. Additionally, the college once more acquired the very best classification of analysis exercise from the Carnegie Basis for the Development of Instructing, incomes the designation of “Analysis 1” — Doctoral College: Very Excessive Analysis Exercise.

In keeping with the discharge, McCabe will deal with implementing essential operational enhancements designed in session with the Huron Group below English’s management, making ready the division places of work for brand new management and supporting campus analysis.

“This accountability matches in properly with my different assignments designed to reinforce excellence throughout our operational footprint,” McCabe mentioned. “I do know that our researchers and division personnel are among the many greatest and are devoted to making sure our analysis advances not solely the college however the state, nation and world.”