University of Chicago Vice President for Research and for National Laboratories Donald Levy has appointed Laurence Hill as Associate Vice President for Research and for National Laboratories effective May 7. In this new role, Hill will be responsible for site office operations, University contract management, and Board staffing for Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.
“Larry’s managerial skills and strong strategic planning, financial and marketing experience together with his understanding of the University’s research organization and academic partnerships, make him well qualified for this position,” Levy said. “I am confident that Larry will set a high standard in strengthening our relationships with the national laboratories, which we manage [through UChicago Argonne LLC and Fermi Research Alliance, LLC], and ensuring that we do an outstanding job fulfilling the terms of our contractual relationships with the U.S. Department of Energy.”
Hill is currently the Assistant Dean for Research Operations in the Division of the Biological Sciences (BSD) and the Pritzker School of Medicine, where he has held increasingly responsible positions since 1990. His most recent responsibilities have included overseeing and coordinating Divisional research operations, which include the offices of Research Services, Shared Research Facilities, Research Program Planning and Development, and Clinical Research and serving as the Operations Project Executive for the Howard T. Ricketts Regional Biocontainment Laboratory at Argonne. From 2004 to 2006 Hill served as Assistant Dean for Planning in the BSD and played key staff roles in the creation of the Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology, the Ludwig Metastasis Center and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Farm Graduate Training Partnership.
Hill’s position was created in light of the University’s new contractual relationship with Fermilab as well as the imminent departure of Renee Carder, who has served as Assistant Vice President for Strategic Research Initiatives; Executive Director, UChicago Argonne, LLC Board of Governors Office at Argonne; and Secretary of the Board of Governors of Argonne since 2002. Carder recently accepted the position of Deputy to the Laboratory Director at Argonne National Laboratory.
“Renee has made outstanding contributions to this office,” Levy said. “She restructured the University’s office at Argonne and developed a strategic operations model that not only ensured resolution of strategic issues that affected the overall performance of the Laboratory, but also enhanced our stewardship of the Laboratory. She also paved the way for significant collaborative research activities between the University and Argonne. I look forward to working with her in a different capacity in her new role at Argonne.”