Georgia Institute of Technology: Tech Launches Searches for Chief Research Operations Officer and Research Corporations General Manager

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Chaouki T. Abdallah, executive vice president for Research (EVPR), has launched two national searches as part of an organizational and leadership structure change announced over the summer.

The first search is for a chief research operations officer. The second search is for an executive director of business operations and general manager for the research corporations, Georgia Tech Research Corporation (GTRC) and Georgia Tech Applied Research Corporation (GTARC). Search firm Isaacson, Miller has been retained to assist with both searches.

As detailed in June 2022, the Institute is taking steps to structure and scale its research support functions to enable best-in-class research stewardship and ensure best practices around compliance, visibility, and research integrity. Key to this effort is creating a stronger business and service model to support initiatives, investigators, and continued growth.

Chief research operations officer (CROO)

The search is chaired by Siva Raghupathy, vice president for Commercialization and chief commercialization officer, with an anticipated start in Spring 2023. The CROO will report to the EVPR and embrace a strong operational focus, overseeing Research Integrity Assurance, Research Administration, and Research Development and Operations. The CROO will join a leadership team charged with furthering Georgia Tech’s mission as a top-tier research institution.

Executive director of Business Operations and general manager (EDBO/GM), Georgia Tech Research Corporation and Georgia Tech Applied Research Corporation

The search is chaired by Cynthia Hope, associate vice president for Research Administration, with an anticipated start in Spring 2023.

The role will report to Jim Fortner, vice president for Finance and Planning, and will serve in a critical leadership role to oversee the business of GTRC and GTARC, which contract for sponsored activities for colleges, the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), and other units at Georgia Tech. The role has business and financial oversight for the corporations, overseeing risk assessment, procurement contract negotiations, financial auditing, and tax preparations.