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New director selected for University Research Administration

Oct. 11, 2007

Carol A. Zuiches, assistant vice provost for research, executive director, office of sponsored programs, University of Washington, has accepted the position of Associate Vice President, Research Administration at the University of Chicago. Effective Jan. 2, 2008, Zuiches will lead University Research Administration (URA), a group that reports to the Vice President for Research and for National Laboratories and is responsible for providing review and institutional endorsement of all applications, negotiation and acceptance of awards for sponsored funding, grant and contract management, information services, and training. In her new role, Zuiches will be responsible for oversight and management of all research compliance and research-related policy matters.

In her current position, Zuiches directs the University of Washington’s preaward sponsored programs office (OSP). OSP is the single preaward office for the university and administers sponsored programs for all colleges and branch campuses. Her responsibilities include administrative review and final approval of proposals and awards, grant and contract negotiations, subcontract development and negotiation, monitoring, development and implementation of University policies regarding research, coordinating with the Technology Transfer office and legal counsel, implementing and monitoring University compliance with terms of awards, monitoring developments at federal agencies, maintaining the grant and contract database and preparing routine and special management reports involving all aspects of sponsored programs. OSP staff includes 33 full-time and approximately 10 part-time and temporary staff. The Human Subjects Division reported to her through 2004. As executive director, Zuiches acts as Authorized University Official on all sponsored agreements.

Zuiches is a member of several committees at the University of Washington, including the Business Advisory Group for the System to Administer Grants Electronically, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/UW Administrative Operations Committee, and ex officio member to the Faculty Council on Research. She is also chairs the Export Control Committee.

In addition to the above, Zuiches’ professional activities include membership in National Council of Research Administrators, Society of Research Administrators and Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research, and the Association of University of Technology Managers; treasurer, Astrophysical Research Consortium, UW administrative representative to the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP), and co-chair of FDP federal contracts task force.

Prior to her position with University of Washington, Zuiches held positions of increasing responsibility at Washington State University from 1986-2000, including director, Office of Grant and Research Development. Her past positions also included program officer, assistant to the director, Office of Sponsored Program Development, State University of New York-Binghamton, and Policy Analyst, Performance Development Institute, Washington D.C.

Zuiches earned her B.S. in General Science from the University of Portland and her Master’s in Education in Educational Leadership (Higher Education Administration) from Washington State University.

“As we look to the future and consider the increasing importance of research administration both here and abroad, I can think of no better person to lead that effort than Carol,” said Donald H. Levy, Vice President for Research and for National Laboratories. “The breadth of knowledge and experience she brings to the position will enable the University of Chicago to continue to develop and expand critical URA resources and programs. I look forward to working with her.”

Susan Boone will continue to serve as interim-director, URA, through the end of the year. Zuiches succeeds former URA Director Mary Ellen Sheridan who retired from her position as Associate Vice President for Research and URA Director on August 31 after thirteen years of service to the University.

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