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Kent State Vice President for Research to Return to Faculty Position

Posted Aug. 25, 2014
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Grant McGimpsey, Ph.D., Kent State
University's vice president of research
and sponsored programs, has chosen
to return to a faculty position. McGimpsey
will remain in the position until a successor
 is in place.

Grant McGimpsey, Ph.D., has chosen to return to a faculty position, after having served successfully as vice president for research and sponsored programs at Kent State University for the past three years. He has agreed to remain in the position until a successor is in place.

“We are fortunate to have Grant at Kent State,” says Todd Diacon, Ph.D., Kent State's senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “I am so very pleased that he will continue to add value to our university, now as a professor and researcher. I especially wish to thank him for agreeing to continue in his current role until a successor is named.”

Under the direction of the vice president for research, Kent State’s Division of Research and Sponsored Programs helps faculty and staff secure external funding to support their research and instructional and public service projects.

Once a new vice president for research is selected, McGimpsey intends to focus on his own research as a member of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Kent State. His research interests include surface chemistry, particularly as it applies to biology and biomedical engineering, photovoltaics, implantable prosthetics and nanoscience.

“Those who know me well understand just how passionate I am about research,” McGimpsey says. “Over the past 25 years, working with outstanding undergraduate students, graduate students, post-doctoral associates and collaborators from many scientific and engineering disciplines, I have been fortunate to be able to focus on problems and challenges that I care deeply about, including the creation of advanced implantable prosthetics for military amputees, the development of medical sensors for field use by the armed forces and the design of photovoltaic devices for solar energy conversion.” 

McGimpsey came to Kent State in August 2011 after serving as director of the Bioengineering Institute, associate provost for research and professor of chemistry and biomedical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts. A native of Canada, McGimpsey earned both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in chemistry from Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. He received his doctorate in physical chemistry from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

“I have had the honor and pleasure of working with many at Kent State, including the university’s Research and Sponsored Programs team, who are the most dedicated, hard-working and kind group of people I have met in my professional life,” McGimspey adds.

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