Provost Ben Vinson III announced today that James McGuffin-Cawley, faculty director for the Larry Sears and Sally Zlonick Sears think[box], took on a second campus leadership role this week: interim vice president for research and technology management.
“Jim brings a tremendous amount of administrative experience as well as a strong desire to create opportunities, elevate research, and support faculty of all ranks across the university,” Provost Vinson said. “We are very grateful that he has accepted this interim role while still forging ahead with the incredible work happening at Sears think[box].”
McGuffin-Cawley succeeds renowned cystic fibrosis researcher and medical school faculty member Mitch Drumm, who became interim vice president in the spring of 2020. While Drumm has returned primarily to his medical school roles—the Connie and Jim Brown Professor of Cystic Fibrosis Research, vice chair of translational research in Genetics and Genome Sciences and director of the Willard A. Bernbaum Cystic Fibrosis Research Center—he also will support McGuffin-Cawley as an advisor in the near term.