Dr. Allen S. Levine named University of Minnesota's Vice President for Research

Thursday, October 5, 2017

I am pleased to announce that I have appointed Dr. Allen S. Levine as the University’s Vice President for Research, effective immediately and continuing through August 31, 2019, pending Board of Regents approval.  

Since January 2017, in his interim appointment at the head of the University’s nation-leading research enterprise, Al has earned the trust and confidence of our faculty, research community, and administration. We are confident that he will continue to add collegiality and valuable direction as part of our senior leadership team.

Near the end of Al's two-year appointment, we plan to reinitiate a nationwide search for a new vice president, building upon the listening sessions our search committee held earlier this year, which reinforced the importance of aligned leadership and a vision for research at the University of Minnesota. Al has been providing just this kind of aligned leadership and vision as interim vice president for research, and his continued service will give us additional time to develop this alignment and vision.

Al has been connected to the University of Minnesota since 1970, when he arrived on campus as a graduate student. He has served as professor in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition; adjunct in the Department of Psychiatry; dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences; and vice provost for faculty and academic affairs. He also served at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center for 26 years as Associate Director of Research and a Senior Career Scientist. With funding from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases (an institute within the National Institutes of Health (NIH)), Al founded the Minnesota Obesity Center and served as director for 20 years. He is currently president of the 2,500-member Obesity Society, a national organization of health professionals.

As vice president for research, Dr. Levine oversees the University of Minnesota’s $900 million research enterprise across all campuses and facilities, including the administration of sponsored projects, research compliance and regulatory offices, and key units dedicated to economic development and technology commercialization.

I look forward to continuing to work with Al. Please join me in congratulating him.