From an email distributed by President Eric Kaler today:
Vice President Brian Herman has informed me of his decision to step down as vice president for research and return to the faculty in the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the College of Science and Engineering, effective December 31, 2016.
Over the past four years, Vice President Herman has been instrumental in helping the University adapt to the changing environment for research universities; his dedication to this work has made the University a stronger and better place. During his tenure he accomplished a great deal, including a focus on and commitment to more interdisciplinary research, furthering our connections to Minnesota's business community, and enhancing technology commercialization. In particular, the University has benefited from Vice President Herman's implementation of MnDRIVE, which has proven successful at advancing Minnesota industry and solving critical challenges. As well, Brian's leadership to advance human subjects research protections will help the University be a national model. I am committed to continuing his legacy in these important activities. His contributions on my senior leadership team will also be missed.
I have asked Executive Vice President and Provost Karen Hanson and Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the Medical School Brooks Jackson to co-chair a national search for the new vice president for research. That process will launch as soon as possible. In the meantime, I will appoint an interim leader for the Office of Vice President for Research.
Please join me in thanking Vice President Brian Herman for his service to the University.
Eric W. Kaler