University of North Texas
DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Kenneth W. Sewell has been named vice president of Research and Economic Development for the University of North Texas effective immediately. Sewell, who has been associate vice president for Research, will serve in the interim while a national search for a permanent vice president is under way.
As UNT's chief research officer, Sewell will promote UNT's mission in research, original scholarship and artistic creativity as well as provide executive leadership for all components of the Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED), including proposal development services, sponsored programs, research integrity/compliance, technology transfer, and economic development.
“Kenneth’s experience as the division’s associate vice president for the past five years and his support for all forms of research and scholarly activities at UNT will ensure that we continue to advance the research success of our students and faculty,” said V. Lane Rawlins, UNT president. “Kenneth will be responsible for leading a substantial body of work in the months ahead as we navigate this legislative session, prepare for upcoming university budget hearings, and ensure advancements in the university’s high performance computing facilities.”
Sewell joined the Office of Research and Economic Development in 2008. As a senior member of the ORED senior leadership team, he had direct responsibility for a variety of internal grant programs to seed and stimulate faculty research. The programs include the Research Initiation Grant, the Research Opportunities Program, the Research Enabling Grant, the Research and Creativity Enhancement program for faculty in the literary and fine arts, the Junior Faculty Summer Research Fellowship, and a Small Grant program to provide short-term exigency funding. Sewell also oversaw the Office of Research Integrity and Compliance, university-wide research policy, and several centers and programs, such as serving as chair of the steering board for the UNT-Chile Program and directing UNT’s joint seed funding collaboration with the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM).
“I look forward to continuing to strengthen the ways that research, scholarship, and artistic creativity are infused into all aspects of UNT’s mission,” said Sewell. “When our faculty and students are supported to be at the vangard of their disciplines as researchers, scholars and artists, the result is excellence across the mission—from the undergraduate experience to graduate education and UNT’s engagement with the communities we serve.”
On a national level, Sewell is active as a member of the Council on Government Relations, the Federal Demonstration Partnership, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ Council on Research Policy and Graduate Education, the Federal Office of Research Integrity, Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research, and the National Organization of Research Development Professionals.
A native of Coweta, Oklahoma (near Tulsa), Sewell earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Kansas State University, and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas.
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