David Oliver named interim VP of research, economic development

David Oliver, professor of genetics, development and cell biology, and associate dean for research in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been named interim vice president for research and economic development, effective Jan. 1, 2013.

He will succeed Sharron Quisenberry, who recently announced her retirement.

"David is an excellent scientist and administrator who has served Iowa State well in a number of leadership roles," said Jonathan Wickert, senior vice president and provost. "I appreciate his leadership, and his willingness to step forward during the transition."

Oliver joined the Iowa State faculty in 1996 as chair of the botany department (now part of genetics, development and cell biology). He was appointed associate dean for research in LAS in 2003, and served as interim LAS dean from July 2011 until dean Beate Schmittmann arrived on campus in April of this year.

"It's a privilege to be appointed to this position, and I look forward to working with colleagues across the university to help grow Iowa State's research portfolio," Oliver said.

Wickert will initiate a search for Quisenberry's permanent successor in the coming months.

Martin Spalding, professor of genetics, development and cell biology, and interim associate dean in LAS, will become the college's associate dean for research and graduate studies, also effective Jan. 1.