Long Island University Selects Randy Burd as Senior VP for Academic Affairs

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Long Island University Selects Randy Burd as Senior VP for Academic Affairs

Research, Discovery & Innovation
October 25, 2017

Randy Burd, Associate Vice President for Global Research Alliances and Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, will be the new Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Long Island University (LIU) in New York, where he will oversee LIU's academic and research mission. 

As Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Burd will lead efforts to expand innovation in teaching and research, as well as cultivate new opportunities for faculty to pursue research and discoveries that address today's societal challenges. Burd begins his new role at LIU in January 2018.

Originally trained in molecular and cellular biophysics, Burd's research interests have focused on improving tumor radiation response by regulating tumor cell function via a genomics-based approach that utilizes bioactive compounds. Burd has headed numerous international scholarly initiatives, which led to administrative roles in directing international research alliances and global research innovation. 

As a member of the UA's Research, Discovery & Innovation's leadership team, he headed strategic efforts to advance excellence in research by working alongside researchers on strategy development, including building, as well as scaling, academic and industry-based research programs. Burd increased the UA's competitive presence within the international research environment by aligning its approach to international research with international, federal and industry sources, and augmented UA's research support capacities to address both capacity development needs, and operational intricacies in complex funding arenas. With extensive expertise in technology and innovation, Burd also created a UA international research approach that links faculty research programs with novel internationally recognized academic distance curricula.

"In a short period of time, Randy established systematic and strategic approaches to effectively develop international opportunities and increase research activity growth. In doing so, he laid essential groundwork and infrastructure necessary to advance global research," said Kimberly Andrews Espy, Senior Vice President for Research. "Randy has been a valuable member of UA leadership and we will miss his vision and strategic insight at the University of Arizona."

A national search for Burd's replacement at RDI will take place in the near future.

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