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Chris McGahan Named as Member of New Research Leadership Academy

Dr. Chris McGahan, Professor and Department Head of Molecular Biomedical Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine has been selected as part of the inaugural class of the university’s Research Leadership Academy.

The newly created academy will promote a culture of research leadership at NC State and operate as the faculty-driven epicenter for the development and implementation of best practices in the empowerment of research faculty at all levels of the University.

The University Research Committee, which spearheaded the establishment of the academy, originally anticipated the first class to consist of eight members. The qualifications and expertise of the twenty-three nominees were so high that Alan Rebar, Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Economic Development for NC State University, made the decision to fund an additional three members. “All of the nominees were exceptional. Even limiting the number selected to eleven was extremely difficult,” he said.

Members in the inaugural class include Agriculture and Life Sciences: Dr. Fred Gould, William Neal Reynolds Professor, Entomology; Education: Dr. Gail Jones, Professor, Mathematics, Science & Technology Education; Engineering: Dr. Y. Richard Kim, Jimmy D. Clark Distinguished University Professor, Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering; Dr. Greg Parsons, Alcoa Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Dr. Laurie Williams, Professor and Associate Department Head, Computer Science; Humanities and Social Sciences: Dr. Walt Wolfram, William C. Friday Distinguished Professor; Natural Resources: Dr. Ron Sederoff, Edwin F. Conger Distinguished University Professor, Forestry and Environmental Resources; Sciences: Dr. Harald Ade, Distinguished Professor, Physics; Dr. Marie Davidian, William Neal Reynolds Professor, Statistics; Dr. Trudy MacKay, William Neal Reynolds and Distinguished Professor, Biological Sciences.

The inaugural class will play a vital role in developing the organization’s vision and mission statements and a plan for their implementation. Membership in the academy is lifetime as long as the member is associated with NC State. Members are expected to take an active role in promoting the research enterprise across campus for a minimum of three years.

New members of the academy also receive the Alumni Association’s Outstanding Research Award and will be recognized at the annual Evening of Stars Gala.