David O. Conover appointed Vice President for Research and Innovation

David ConoverApril 26, 2016


I am pleased to share that David Conover has accepted our offer to join the University of Oregon as vice president for research and innovation.

Conover comes to the UO from Stony Brook University, where he served as vice president for research, and his background as a scholar and strong record of successfully attracting and managing funded research made him the clear choice for Oregon.

During his term as VPR, Stony Brook launched a new Office of Proposal Development, boosted proposal production by more than 20 percent, increased research expenditures more than five percent despite stagnant federal funding, landed numerous large federal grants, and tripled its number of NSF graduate research fellows.

Prior to his VPR role at Stony Brook, Conover served as the director of the Division of Ocean Sciences at the National Science Foundation, where he managed the second largest division and a budget exceeding $350 million. He oversaw two major facility construction projects: the $386 million Ocean Observatories Initiative and the $200 million research vessel Sikuliaq, which operates in the Arctic Ocean.

While serving as the vice president for research at Stony Brook, Conover maintained the position of professor of marine science in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, where he also served as dean from 2003 to 2010. With extensive expertise in the ecology of marine fisheries, he has authored more than 125 publications. He joined the faculty of Stony Brook as an assistant professor in 1981.

Conover brings experience from all sides of the research world to the UO—as researcher and principal investigator, university leader and funding agency manager, he knows what the faculty needs to be successful and what agencies are looking for in making their funding decisions.

We hope you will join us in welcoming David to the University of Oregon when he arrives on campus August 15. In the meantime, this Huffington Post opinion piece that he co-authored with the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Stony Brook will give you a sense of his voice in the national discussion around research funding.

I also want to express my sincere appreciation for the excellent work of Brad Shelton, who served as interim vice president for nearly two years. I am thrilled to share that Brad will remain with the provost's office as senior vice provost for budget and strategic planning. Brad will continue his work refining the budget model and helping develop a robust academic resource allocation system. He will also work closely with Jamie Moffitt, vice president for finance and administration, on budget planning, including the strategic initiatives process and the Budget Advisory Group.


Scott Coltrane
Provost and Senior Vice President