COMMERCE - Texas A&M University-Commerce President Dan Jones has announced an organizational change that will divide the Office of Graduate Studies and Research into two units.
The Office of Graduate Studies and the Division of Research will be led in its first year by Dr. Larry Lemanski, university provost, who will transition into the role of executive director and chief research officer for the new division.
In a release to faculty and staff Wednesday, Dr. Jones stated that the change will work to enhance the university’s role in contributing to the A&M System’s recognition in research and technology commercialization.
"During his career in research and research administration, Dr. Lemanski is credited with bringing in an amazing $22,500,000 in funded extramural research grants. He has obtained an additional $28,000,000 in institutional grants through federal agencies and appropriations. He will bring an unparalleled breadth and depth of experience to his new role, and help lead the university to new levels of achievement," Jones said.
Dr. Jones credited the now former provost for his achievements at the position, including the reorganization of Academic Affairs from three colleges to four, and Lemanski's role in bringing the university's nursing program to the verge of fruition.
The President added, "He was intimately involved in bringing to A&M-Commerce the EDUCAUSE grant to develop the Texas Affordable Baccalaureate Program, commonly known as the $10,000 Degree. He also was closely involved in recruiting many highly qualified faculty and academic leaders to our university."
Dr. Lemanski joined A&M-Commerce in July 2009 from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was senior vice president for research and initiatives. Here's his biography.
Prior to joining A&M-Commerce, Retired Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Tarleton State University Dr. Gary Peer served as interim provost. He'll assume that role again.
Jones added that a national search for a permanent provost and vice president for academic affairs will be undertaken during the coming year.