Kaler appoints new vice president for research

Christopher Cramer will take over the position on Nov. 12.

Michelle Griffith

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler appointed a new vice president for research Tuesday.

Christopher Cramer, the College of Sciences and Engineering’s associate dean for research and planning, will assume his position Nov. 12 pending the Board of Regent’s approval, according to a statement from Kaler sent to faculty and staff. Cramer also served as chair of the Faculty Consultative Committee in 2011-2012, according to the statement. 

Cramer would hold the position until November 2020 if approved, the statement said. 

“As vice president for research, Chris will oversee the University’s $900 million research enterprise across all its campuses and facilities, including the administration of sponsored projects, research compliance and regulatory offices, and key units dedicated to economic development and technology commercialization,” Kaler said the statement. 

Allen Levine, the current vice president for research, was appointed interim vice president in 2016 before taking over the full position in October 2017.

According to Kaler’s statement, Levine and Cramer will work closely over the next month to ease the transition.

“This term appointment will provide stability through the presidential transition,” Kaler said in his statement. 

Cramer is currently a researcher in the Chemistry Department and has won many accolades — he has received $14 million in grants over the past 26 years.