New Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation

Monday, November 18, 2019

The University of Arizona has a new Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation, Dr. Betsy Cantwell. Dr. Cantwell, who joined the university in July, has a doctorate in mechanical engineering and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. One of her first steps as Senior Vice President was to change the name of her office from Research, Discovery, and Innovation (RDI) to Research, Innovation, and Impact (RII). In an article published in UA@Work (11/1/19), she stated that "We want to create an entrepreneurial mindset for faculty, students and staff so that everyone understands the UA is a place where the research we do becomes something." The focus on impact is not only on traditional impact like grant awards and publications, but also on the impact research can have on communities, the state, and beyond.