Texas A&M University-Kingsville (Texas A&M-Kingsville) is conducting a national search for its next Vice President, Research and Innovation. Texas A&M-Kingsville is committed to being a renowned, diverse community of learners and innovators. Texas A&M Kingsville strives to enrich lives through education, discovery, and service in South Texas and beyond.


The Vice President of Research and Innovation (VPRI) is responsible for leading, assessing and managing programs and services that foster the increased productivity of multi-disciplinary research. Provides the administrative leadership for strategic planning for elevating TAMUK from Carnegie 2 Research Institution to Emerging Research Institution to Carnegie 1 status. The VPRI is responsible for providing leadership in identifying, securing, and maintaining extramural funding from governmental agencies, private foundations, and business and industry. Leads the planning, administration, and evaluation of university research facilities, centers, institutes, research support services, and multi-user equipment facilities, and develops recommendations for allocation of funding for research.   Leads and plays active role in innovation programs and activities, such as business and private partner-University relationships, development office engagement, collaborative national and international partner opportunities for growth.  Oversees compliance related to grants and related programs.


  • Deliberately promote the acquisition of research scholarship and creative projects and initiatives aligned with the University's mission and strategic plan.
  • Guide institutional strategic planning for research and sponsored program development.
  • Facilitate research collaborations with local stakeholders, industry, and academic partners
  • Develop plan to raise the profile and influence of TAMUK’s research efforts
  • Facilitate multidisciplinary research opportunities and development of campus-wide initiatives.
  • Facilitate identification of new opportunities for Local, State, and Federal R&D funding.
  • Lead the broadening of research programs within the context of the land grants model of education.
  • Establish and manage research compliance according to federal, state, System and University standards.
  • Manage utilization of fiscal resources; effective control and accountability for the physical property associated with accounts assigned to the position; annual prioritization of expenditures in a manner that supports the school/college mission; establishment of measurable goals and objectives aligned with University, System and State goals for participation, success, excellence, and research.
  • Plan and coordinate with colleges and university for marketing of research opportunities.
  • Serves as point of contact of the THECB Restricted Research Expenditures Report
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


It is required that the selected candidate possesses a terminal degree from an accredited university and has an academic and research profile that supports an appointment at the rank of full professor. In addition, it is preferred the candidate possesses:

  • Ten (10) to fifteen (15) years of experience in academic administration, research and/or innovation.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management experience to integrate the academic and administrative activities in research.
  • Demonstrated ability to be a strong advocate for promoting and engaging students in research.
  • Leadership experience in research and grants administration and the development of cross-disciplinary research ventures.
  • Significant knowledge in research compliance, export control, and environmental health and safety regulations.
  • Significant knowledge of how the major funding agencies operate.


Chartered in 1917 but not opened until 1925 because of America's entry into World War I, the University is the oldest continuously operating public institution of higher learning in South Texas. Shortly after beginning life as South Texas State Teachers College, its role was expanded to embrace a wider array of programs. As its mission has expanded, its name has changed to reflect its wider scope. Its first name change, to Texas College of Arts and Industries, came in 1929. In 1967 the name changed to Texas A&I University. The University became a member of the Texas A&M University System in 1989 and in 1993 changed its name to Texas A&M University-Kingsville to reflect that membership.

Texas A&M-Kingsville is South Texas' greatest university, offering more academic programs and degrees, providing better learning and living facilities, doing more research, awarding more scholarships and producing more successful graduates than any other college or university in the region.

Texas A&M-Kingsville seeks to provide quality undergraduate and graduate programs for students of all ages through a judicious blend of liberal and career education programs. The emphasis is on providing an intellectually challenging education reflecting high standards of academic performance. The University is committed to its mission of teaching, research, and service in South Texas for the advancement of knowledge and of regional development.

Most of Texas A&M-Kingsville's approximately 6,350 students come from South Texas, but its student population originates from 40 states and 35 countries. The student body is split almost equally between men and women. Texas A&M University-Kingsville is a Hispanic Serving Institution, where about 80 percent of students are undergraduates. Ethnically, the campus reflects the demographics of the area, with 69 percent of the students Hispanic, 15 percent white, and 4 percent African American. About 7 percent are international students.

Texas A&M-Kingsville recently instituted a new 2022 – 2027 strategic plan. This strategic plan was carefully created by cross-sections of the university community through multiple focus group meetings with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation Board. Student Success serves as the guiding principle for Strategic Plan 2027. It should be the mission of everyone at the university that every student who walks into our front door leaves with a diploma or certificate in hand. To that end, every goal and objective in Strategic Plan 2027 is rooted in tangible target strategies which will assure that Student Success will be an achievable objective, and not just a pipe dream. More information on the strategic plan can be found on the Texas A&M University-Kingsville website.


The Vice President, Research and Innovation Search Committee invites letters of nomination, applications (letter of interest, complete CV, and references) or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted prior to August 7, 2023. For more information, please contact Parker Executive Search:

Porsha Williams, Vice President
Jacob Anderson, Senior Principal
Jack McGrew, Executive Recruiting Coordinator
Parker Executive Search
Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2875 Atlanta, GA 30328
janderson@parkersearch.com || jmcgrew@parkersearch.com
(678) 775-4564

Texas A&M University-Kingsville is committed to providing an educational and work environment that is conducive to the personal and professional development of each individual student and employee. It is our firm commitment to ensure that equal employment opportunity, equal treatment, and equal access to programs and activities will be provided to Texas A&M University-Kingsville's students, employees, prospective employees, and the public. To achieve this goal, discrimination based on a person's race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or genetic information is strictly prohibited as defined by federal law and state statute. These protections extend to employment and admissions decisions.

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