Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development

UNC Charlotte Appoints New Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development

The UNC Charlotte community is pleased to welcome Richard (Rick) Tankersley as Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development beginning May 1, 2019. Tankersley has been serving as the interim vice chancellor since May 2018. He also currently serves as Executive Director of the Charlotte Research Institute at UNC Charlotte and as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Prior to joining UNC Charlotte in 2016, Tankersley spent four years as program director at the National Science Foundation where he led several interdisciplinary, cross-Foundation programs. He also worked seven years as the director of the Integrated Science Teaching Enhancement Program at Florida Institute of Technology.

Tankersley earned a Ph.D. in Biology from Wake Forest University and completed post-doctoral work at the Duke University Marine Laboratory in Beaufort, North Carolina. As a scientist, Tankersley has had his research published in dozens of peer-reviewed publications, and he has received nearly 20 years of continuous support from the National Science Foundation. He has held academic positions at Florida Institute of Technology, University of Maryland Baltimore County and Gonzaga University. He also served as a visiting scientist and research associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama City, Panama.

Provost Joan Lorden said: “UNC Charlotte seeks a bold and inspirational leader with expertise in research-driven programs to execute our strategic vision to enhance our research collaborations locally, nationally and internationally and also to advance the University’s reputation as a premier research institution. We believe Rick Tankersley is the right choice to realize this vision for UNC Charlotte in the coming years.”

UNC Charlotte looks forward to Tankersley’s leadership as he works with constituencies across the University and externally during this next phase in UNC Charlotte’s growth and evolution as a burgeoning research university.