MAY-JUNE 2019 |
As Purdue prepares to say goodbye to Suresh Garimella, we asked several EVPRP staff members to share how Garimella impacted their areas.
Suresh Garimella, Purdue’s executive vice president for research and partnerships since 2014, will officially become president of the University of Vermont in Burlington on July 1. Under his tenure, the University has seen record-breaking research numbers, new campus-wide initiatives in data science and life sciences, and an exponential increase in partnerships.
Research Communications asked several of Garimella’s colleagues in the EVPRP to share how he impacted their areas. Below are their comments. From all of them, and all of us in the EVPRP, thank you, Suresh, for your five years of service to our office. We wish you the best in your future endeavors.
“Suresh understands the critical importance of having in place an efficient, well-functioning regulatory environment to further spur the success of Purdue research. He has been instrumental in spearheading ongoing improvement efforts in regulatory infrastructure at Purdue. As an institution, we should be grateful for his efforts and achievements. As a researcher here, I sure am. Thank you, Suresh!” — Christopher R. Agnew, associate vice president for research
“Suresh has elevated the reputation of Purdue research by walking the talk of collaboration and partnerships. He is committed to bringing out the best in people and encourages a deeper understanding among partners. You experience that when you work with Suresh, and I believe that the value of collaboration has become a part of the university culture.” — Pam Burroff-Murr, research communications director
“Under Suresh’s leadership, vision, and watchful eye, the life sciences at Purdue experienced a rebirth. From the EVPRP NIH targeted funding programs to the establishment of the institutes of the life sciences, the life sciences community coalesced, increased faculty, expanded core facilities and increased federal funding.” — Marietta Harrison, special advisor, Strategic Initiatives, EVPRP
“I will always be thankful to Suresh for co-conceiving and then bringing to life the idea of combining research and partnerships, and particularly for linking corporate and global activities. And I am especially appreciative that he gave me the opportunity to lead it. Suresh worked tirelessly on many topics, but he always had time to read complicated and sometime unclear emails and weigh in quickly, often providing just the perspective I needed. We worked out a very nice division of labor, where we each played the role needed to optimize growing the partnerships, both corporate or global. He never failed to do what was needed.” — Dan Hirleman, chief corporate and global partnerships officer
“Suresh has worked hard to engage all the colleges at Purdue to better understand their needs and how the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships office can assist them. As a result, the EVPRP office has made numerous positive changes to our research operations. Those enhancements, along with Suresh’s willingness to quickly respond to phone calls and email inquiries, have helped establish the office as a place that eagerly helps faculty and administrators navigate the complex environment of academic research. I don’t believe our reputation has ever been stronger.” — Joyce Morlan, assistant to the EVPRP
“During his tenure as the EVPRP, Suresh increased awards from corporations and foundations by more than 40 percent to $138.2 million and increased the percentage of corporate/foundation awards to overall research awards from 25 to 30 percent. This transformed Purdue’s award mix into a more resilient and sustainable portfolio. Suresh was successful because of his unique ability to assess a company’s needs; match it to Purdue’s capabilities and strength; and, engage the company’s leaders and align interests and actions towards the development of a mutually beneficial partnership. Additionally, Suresh earned the RESPECT of everyone he worked with because he was Responsive, Efficient, Smart, Predictable, Equitable, Creative and Task Oriented.” — Ken Sandel, senior director, Sponsored Program Services
View photos from Garimella’s farewell reception here.