May 24, 2010
From staff reports
James M. Rankin, Ohio University associate dean for research, graduate studies, and planning, in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology and Professor of Electrical Engineering, has accepted the position of vice provost for research and economic development at the University of Arkansas.
Rankin, who will begin his new position on July 19, previously served OHIO as interim vice president for research and director of the Avionics Engineering Center.
At Arkansas, Rankin will report to the provost and work with the University of Arkansas Technology Development Foundation and the Arkansas Research Technology Park (ARTP). He also will oversee the Technology Licensing Office, the Office of Research Support and Sponsored Programs, Research Compliance, and the University of Arkansas Press and work directly with faculty, deans, and state economic development officials.
"Dr. Rankin has been, over his 13 years at Ohio University, one of the most able and innovative leaders and administrators we have had the good fortune to employ," said Dennis Irwin, Russ College dean and Moss Professor of Engineering Education. "His expertise and his broad range of national and international contacts have been invaluable in expanding the involvement and prominence of our research at Ohio University and the Russ College in particular. While he will be sorely missed, we wish him well at the University of
Irwin said the college is finalizing plans to replace Rankin.