The transition has been under discussion for several months pending a formal announcement of the nomination and will allow for a smooth transition to an interim vice president for research who will continue the strong momentum now underway toward the president’s goal of doubling research. A national search will be undertaken for a permanent vice president for research at a later date.
“We are extremely grateful for Kelvin’s service and leadership through this transition. He decided to step out of the vice president role in order to support the university’s fast-paced vision in research, and we are incredibly supportive of him throughout his preparation for this new role,” said OU President Jim Gallogly.
“It has been my privilege and honor to serve as vice president for research under OU Presidents Boren and Gallogly, and I have loved working with our faculty, staff and student scholars to help advance their research and creative activity,” said Droegemeier. “I deeply appreciate President Gallogly’s support in allowing me to step down now so I can devote full attention to the Senate confirmation process.”
Droegemeier will take a leave of absence without pay from the university upon U.S. Senate confirmation.