Nusser named vice president for research

Sarah Nusser, professor of statistics, has been appointed the next vice president for research. She will begin on Feb. 1.

Sarah Nusser


"Sarah has an outstanding reputation as a scholar and administrator," said President Steven Leath. "I am confident she will grow both the size and impact of Iowa State's research programs, and enhance the visibility of this important piece of our land-grant mission."

Nusser, who joined the Iowa State faculty in 1992, is an expert in survey sampling, computer-assisted survey methods, and statistical methods. In her new role, Nusser will lead Iowa State's overall research enterprise, including pre- and post-award administration and compliance, interdisciplinary research centers and institutes, sponsored programs administration, responsible research and laboratory animal resources.

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"I am honored for this opportunity to serve my colleagues as Iowa State's next vice president for research," Nusser said. "I look forward to working with faculty and staff to increase the university's research capacity, create new funding opportunities, promote scholarship and the creative arts, and make it easier for investigators to submit grants and administer awards."

Nusser holds bachelor's and master's degrees in botany from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and North Carolina State University, respectively, and master's and doctorate degrees in statistics from Iowa State. Previously, she served as a statistician with the Proctor & Gamble Company in Cincinnati, and is a former director of Iowa State's Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology.

In making the announcement, senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert praised interim vice president David Oliver for his leadership of the university's research programs, and members of the search committee for their thoughtful consideration of candidates.