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Senior Vice President for Research

Senior Vice President for Research

Senior Vice President for Research

Morehouse School Of Medicine
Atlanta, GA 30310

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Reporting to the President of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), the Senior Vice President for Research (SVPR) will serve in an inaugural leadership role charged with growing the institution’s research enterprise and portfolio, expanding and improving research infrastructure, overseeing research administration, and ensuring that its Graduate Education in Biomedical Sciences (GEBS) is aligned with the institution’s research focus.

Morehouse School of Medicine Research Portfolio
MSM receives approximately $34 million in annual research expenditures and is home to world-renowned centers and institutes: The Cardiovascular Research Institute; The Center for Translational Research in Health Disparities; The National Center for Primary Care; The Neuroscience Institute (NI); Prevention Research Center (PRC); and The Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI). MSM’s research stature and reputation have grown exponentially over the last decade, fueled in large part by significant investments in our research infrastructure with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Science Foundation, American Heart Association, the Georgia Cancer Coalition, and others. MSM has been engaged in significant efforts to expand data science across its research portfolio, and the continued expansion and integration of data science and data analytics will be a major emphasis for the SVPR. For more information about MSM’s research centers and institutes, please visit
MSM’s technology commercialization efforts have also been expanding. Twelve technologies have been licensed or subject matter expertise has been contracted through small to mid-size businesses that have raised a total of approximately $90 million in private equity. Six of these companies have been awarded approximately $2.8 million in SBIR/STTR grant awards.
MSM has identified four crosscutting areas of research. These include cardiovascular-related disorders (HTN, CHF, diabetes, and CHD), neurological disorders (neurodegenerative, sleep/circadian, and neuroimmunological disorders), infectious disease (HIV/AIDS, bacterial pathogenesis, and malaria), and cancer (breast and prostate). At the center of these key research areas are bioinformatics, maternal and health, health policy, and community-based participatory research. For more information about MSM’s research programs, please visit
Potential candidates are encouraged to review several MSM strategic planning documents, found online at
The inaugural Senior Vice President for Research will oversee several key offices, as well as support targeted hiring of additional funded basic science and clinical research faculty. The position reports to the President and will have a close working relationship with the Dean and EVP of Health Affairs. The SVPR will also work very closely with the MSM Research Advisory Council, the Chief Scientific Research Officer, and will work day-to-day with faculty, particularly in the area of faculty development and assistance in pursuing and securing grants. The SVPR will also have a close relationship with MSM center and institute directors and basic science department chairs with regards to research activities.
The Senior Vice President for Research will have the following direct reports:
  • Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research
  • Associate Dean for Research Affairs and Technology Transfer
  • Senior Associate Dean for Research Development
  • Director of Administration and Finance
  • Administrative Assistant
The SVPR will foster innovation and excellence in the creation and expansion of new areas of research and education that leverage technologies that can potentially have a revolutionary impact on the institution’s research enterprise and portfolio. Working with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the SVPR will develop a clear vision, mission, and strategic plan to support and improve faculty success in seeking and obtaining external support for mission-related research and outreach initiatives, including support from state and federal governmental sources and from private foundations.
Within the scope of the SVPR will also be the development of an effective infrastructure for the support of research. This will include identifying resources to expand and strengthen the operations of MSM’s current research infrastructure, including buildings, cores and other facilities, major scientific equipment, and sponsored programs. To assist in achieving these goals, the preferred candidate will need experience in successful fundraising to expand the research endowment at MSM. The SVPR will also oversee the development and implementation of policies and procedures governing research, including compliance and safety, ethics and integrity, data security, human subjects, animal studies, select agents, conflict of interest, and the responsible conduct of research.
Ensuring that graduate education in the biomedical sciences at MSM align with the institution’s research goals and mission is critical. The inaugural SVPR must have experience and success in a leadership role that fostered research education and training for health science students, graduate students, GME trainees, and/or junior faculty, fellows, and residents. Required will be knowledge of current national and international interests and directions in research and education.
The SVPR must operate as a visionary leader who knows how to effectively drive change in a social mission-driven, system-oriented environment. The individual must be a nationally recognized leader in research with a track record of continuous NIH or equivalent funding and must have an actively funded research program. Further, MSM will work with the successful candidate to move their laboratory and their funded investigators who a part of their research program.
The inaugural SVPR must also have a record of building, empowering, and mentoring a strong, skilled, and collaborative leadership team. They must embody MSM’s mission, embrace its vision and must lead through respect, integrity, wisdom, humility, and intellectual curiosity. Should the SVPR also be a physician, time allocation allowing participation in clinical services in the appropriate clinical department is negotiable.

The successful candidate must have a track record of research accomplishment and impact allowing him/her to accomplish the above goals. In addition, the SVPR should possess:
  • Academic Leadership: Sterling reputation as an educator; a strong sense of strategic, inclusive academic leadership linked to success in implementing and managing change and driving organizational achievement, enhancing academic excellence and recognition, and fostering links to promote MSM nationally and internationally.
  • Collaboration: Demonstrated success with inter-professional collaboration in research, educational, and clinical settings.
  • Communication: Exceptional written and oral communications, interpersonal and emotional intelligence skills.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: A deeply rooted commitment to DEI at all levels as one of MSM’s institutional values.
  • Financial Stewardship: Understands financial implications of decisions, manages with budgetary discipline, and is able to prioritize resources to achieve goals.
  • Innovation: Ability to identify opportunities for the development and implementation of innovative solutions to meet stakeholder needs; a champion of innovation and change.
  • Integrity: Impeccable personal and professional integrity; demonstrates integrity and honesty in decision making and in relationships.
  • Leadership Interface: Ability to build consensus and synergy across multiple entities.
  • Management: Outstanding ability to develop complex plans and procedures, and to coordinate people and other resources to execute goals; ability to execute in a complex organizational structure; collaborative decision-making skills; able to take reasoned risk.
  • Personal Characteristics: High energy and enthusiasm balanced with a highly professional demeanor; flexible and patient; approachable and down-to-earth; creative.
  • Relationship Building: Inclusive management style, with the ability to foster partnerships, build relationships, work collaboratively across boundaries, and achieve performance and results through others towards clearly established goals.
  • Results Orientation: Ability to foster a culture of delivery and accountability.
EDUCATION, faculty rank, and funding requirements
The SVPR should possess an earned doctoral degree (M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent) from an
accredited institution. Candidates should also have an appropriate record of scholarship, a strong history of externally funded research (ten years or more), and meet the requirements of Full Professor at MSM. The ideal candidate will have a current, actively funded research program.
Morehouse School of Medicine offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with the successful candidate’s background and experience.
nominations and applications
Morehouse School of Medicine has retained the services of the executive search firm Korn Ferry to conduct this important search. All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be submitted to Dr. Josh Ward at Korn Ferry at the e-mail address below.
Applicants should submit:
1. An up-to-date CV.
2. A letter of interest describing why you are interested in both the role of SVPR and the mission of MSM, why you are a good fit for the position based on your research success and leadership experience, and why is now a good time for you to consider this opportunity.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

Minimum Qualifications
EDUCATION, faculty rank, and funding requirements
The SVPR should possess an earned doctoral degree (M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent) from an
accredited institution. Candidates should also have an appropriate record of scholarship, a strong history of externally funded research (ten years or more), and meet the requirements of Full Professor at MSM. The ideal candidate will have a current, actively funded research program.

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