TO:           Executive Vice Presidents, Chancellors Vice Presidents, Vice Chancellors, Vice Provosts, Deans, Directors and Heads of Schools, Divisions, Departments and Offices


FROM:     President Mitch Daniels


DATE:      June 12, 2014


RE:           Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships


I am pleased to announce today that Suresh Garimella will assume the role of executive vice president for research and partnerships.

It is with the goal of broadening sources of research funding, and strengthening institutional support for the research enterprise that the offices of research and global partnerships will be combined into a single organization. Dr. Garimella, who currently heads the global partnerships organization, will assume leadership of the newly-combined entity. Dr. Al Rebar, currently director of Discovery Park, will broaden his responsibilities to include direction of the research office.

As executive vice president for research and partnerships, Garimella will work closely with faculty to enhance and diversify Purdue’s success in attracting federal funding, while continuing to support the development of grant applications, management of contracts and compliance with regulations. He is charged with expanding Purdue’s partnerships with industry, fostering connections in Indiana, nationally and internationally with corporate enterprises whose research interests fit with those of Purdue faculty. Purdue’s global-affairs programs will continue to report to Garimella, as will the research office and Discovery Park—Purdue’s center for large-scale interdisciplinary research.

The executive vice president for research and partnerships will work in close collaboration with Purdue’s new Provost Deba Dutta, Purdue Research Foundation President Dan Hasler, and all of Purdue’s colleges to enhance Purdue’s research profile and develop strategic partnerships with the public and private sectors and other institutions.

We will announce this news to campus via Purdue Today this morning, and will issue a news release shortly thereafter.