Albany - The Research Foundation and State University of New
York today announced that James A. Weyhenmeyer, Ph.D., will become senior vice
president (RF) and senior vice provost for research (SUNY) effective March 3, 2008. In
this newly created position spanning the RF and SUNY, Dr. Weyhenmeyer will
provide vision, energy and leadership for research and innovation at the State
University of New York. Promoting synergistic research opportunities among
SUNY campuses, Dr. Weyhenmeyer will also coordinate SUNY’s Empire Innovation
Program to recruit research faculty; lead the research, development and
technology programs of the Research Foundation; and serve as primary liaison to
the university centers and medical campuses.
“The timing is perfect for
SUNY and New York State,” said John B. Clark, interim chancellor. “Dr. Weyhenmeyer
brings vast experience as an international leader in research, technological
innovation and economic development that will serve well the university’s
long-term commitment to science.”
Dr. Weyhenmeyer most recently
served as the interim vice president for technology and economic development at
the University of Illinois. He is an experienced senior administrator who has
held executive administrative appointments at the University of Illinois,
including associate vice president for academic affairs and associate vice
president for economic development and corporate relations.
In December 2007, Dr. Weyhenmeyer
was elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. This prestigious independent
institution promotes innovation and economic development internationally. Among
its select group of 1,000 members are renowned scientists, engineers and
economists from major U.S. research universities as well as international
universities and companies.
As executive director of IllinoisVENTURES,
LLC, Dr. Weyhenmeyer led an organization that focuses on the early-stage
development of technology-based companies deriving from regional research
institutions and universities. He serves as a member of the Board of Governors
of Argonne National Laboratory and the Board of Directors of Fermi National
Accelerator Laboratory. He also serves on scientific advisory boards for
companies in the gene technology and drug development sectors and as a
scientific and business consultant for early-stage due diligence. Dr. Weyhenmeyer
has served as chief scientific officer for a medical device company and chief
operating officer for a drug delivery company.
Dr. Weyhenmeyer is a
professor of cell biology, pathology and neuroscience at the University of Illinois with
faculty appointments on the Urbana/Champaign campus. He is also an affiliate
member of the Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois. He
received his B.A. from Knox College and his Ph.D. from Indiana University.
Before joining the faculty at Illinois in 1979, he received postdoctoral training at the University of Iowa.
As a cell
biologist/neuroscientist, Dr. Weyhenmeyer has researched and published
extensively on degenerative brain disorders. He has been funded by the
National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, American Heart
Association, and the PHARMA Foundation. He serves on a number of national
scientific committees and boards and recently finished terms as the president
of the American Heart Association-Midwest and chair of the American Heart
Association’s National Research Committee.
Dr. Weyhenmeyer is married to
Jan, who currently works in the dental field. They will be relocating to the Albany area in
the coming months. Jan and Jim have two sons, one of whom is an architect in
the San Francisco area and the other is a sophomore in electrical and
computer engineering at the University of Illinois.
About the Research
The RF helps SUNY acquire and
manage external funds to advance research and transfer technology from campuses
to the marketplace. In FY 2007, the RF administered over $781 million in
sponsored funding in support of more than 7,900 research and training programs
at 29 state-operated SUNY campuses. The RF also managed 284 new invention
disclosures, filed 196 patent applications and executed 45 licensing and option
agreements. To learn more about the Research Foundation, visit www.rfsuny.org.
About the State University
of New York
The State University of New
York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States,
educating nearly 427,000 students in 7,669 degree and certificate programs on
64 campuses. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu