East Carolina University Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for the Division of Research, Economic Development and Engagement Mike Van Scott has been appointed Interim Vice Chancellor for the division effective Dec.16.
According to the press release shared by ECU News Services, Van Scott previously started as the division’s interim vice chancellor from 2015 to 2017. Since 2017, Van Scott has served in his current role under Vice Chancellor Jay Golden. Golden will resign from his position on Dec. 16 to take on presidency at Wichita State University.
Interim Chancellor Ron Mitchelson commented on Van Scott’s newly appointed position and thanked Golden for his time spent so far at ECU, according to the press release.
“Dr. Golden has provided very creative leadership in expanding our research enterprise and outreach to the region. I am grateful for his efforts while at ECU,” Mitchelson said.
The ECU 2019 End of Year Research Report said the 2018 to 2019 year “was the most productive, and by many measures, the most successful year regarding research, innovation and creative activities in ECU history,” according to Golden.
Mitchelson went on to emphasize his confidence in Van Scott’s abilities to lead the division.
“Mike is an accomplished researcher and research administrator. He knows ECU well and is devoted to our mission of student success and regional transformation. I have complete confidence in Dr. Van Scott’s ability to lead this important division,” Mitchelson said.
With Van Scott’s administrative tenure, sponsored awards increased from from $35 million in 2013 to $50 million in 2016, according to the press release.
North Carolina Biotechnology Center vice president and statewide operations and executive director for the center’s eastern region office, Mark Phillips, said he believes Van Scott with continue to improve the division so far he has been a pleasure to work with, according to the press release.
“Mike and the REDE team are wonderful partners in supporting economic development endeavors as they pertain to biotechnology-related initiatives,” Phillips said. “Workforce development continues to be a focal point in the region, and sector development is critical as we work to build out the new ECU Biotechnology and Life Science building and millennial campus properties. Mike will provide valuable leadership and input as we continue to partner and transform North Carolina as a global life science leader.”