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Interim vice president of research and development chosen

Interim vice president of research and development chosen

February 11
21:40 2013

Joshua Knopp / Staff Writer

UNT named an interim vice president for Research and Economic Development yesterday as the college continues to search for a long-term applicant for the position.

Kenneth Sewell, who has been working as an associate vice president in the same office for five years and has been with UNT since 1991, said he looks forward to being in the position.

“Research, scholarship and artistic activities are vital parts of the university experience for all faculty and for all students,” Sewell said. “I have had fantastic opportunities to grow as a professional, and look forward to growing even more as I take on the current responsibilities.”

Sewell declined to comment on whether or not he is in the running for the permanent position.

President V. Lane Rawlins said Sewell will face many challenges in his tenure, but he is confident Sewell will handle them.

“[Dr. Sewell’s] experience as the division’s associate vice president for the past five years and his commitment to strengthening the division’s operational effectiveness and 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 members,” Rawlins said in a press release.

Geoff Gamble, the previous vice president of research and development who decided to step down to a part time role so he could spend more time in Montana with his family, said he was pleased with Sewell coming in.

“Kenneth is smart,” Gamble said. “He knows the business. He’s well-known on campus, and he’ll do a good job.”

Rawlins said administration was searching for two main things for their long-term vice president — experience and leadership. The search for a permanent person in the position is expected to run through the semester.

College of Arts and Sciences dean Art Goven, who chairs the search committee, said Sewell was the best choice after the interview process.

“Of the people that applied, we thought he had the best skill set and experience for the position,” Goven said.

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