By Andrea Gibson
Rathindra Bose has been named Ohio University's new vice president for research and creative activity and dean of the graduate college. He will begin work July 1.
Bose will manage the university's new graduate college, which will be established this fall to enhance the visibility and competitiveness of graduate education, as well as the research division. The latter includes offices that oversee the university's external grants and contracts, research compliance, grant writing, research communication, technology transfer and economic development functions as well as biotechnology and applied ethics institutes.
Bose currently is the vice president for research and dean of the graduate school at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill., where he has worked since 2003. He previously spent 16 years at Kent State University, where he served in various capacities, including vice president for research and dean of graduate studies. He is a past chair of the state of Ohio's Research Officers Council.
A search committee led by Gary Nieman, dean of the College of Health and Human Services, selected Bose as one of four finalists from a national pool of applicants. Committee members cited his administrative record in the areas of research and graduate education, academic background, experience with managing an active research laboratory, and funding and publication records as factors that made him stand out.
"We're fortunate to have recruited a candidate who has strong administrative experience in advancing both the research and graduate missions of the institution," said Executive Vice President and Provost Kathy Krendl. "Dr. Bose will work to integrate our graduate programs and our research operations into one unit. In addition, based on his previous experience at Kent State University, he knows the state of Ohio well and will help advance the distinct identity of Ohio University within the University System of Ohio."
Bose's accomplishments as an administrator include the creation of a graduate program in nanoscience and engineering at Northern Illinois University, in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory, and a graduate program in molecular medicine at Kent State University, in partnership with Cleveland Clinic.
In his five years at Northern Illinois, external funding for research and sponsored programs has risen 34 percent, from $45 million to $61 million. During that time, he also helped to create an interdisciplinary institute for nanoscience and engineering.
Bose also is dedicated to funding research and graduate programs in the arts, humanities and business. Northern Illinois University received state approval last week for its new doctoral program in art education.
"Ohio University is making good progress in technology transfer and research and also is making a new move to create a graduate college. This is an opportune time for me to come and help move things forward," Bose said. "I believe the university has the talent, resources and determination to become one of the premier research institutions -- not only in Ohio, but also in the nation."
Bose, who received a Ph.D. in chemistry from Georgetown University in 1982, plans to continue his research on developing a new generation of cancer drugs. In partnership with the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, he will conduct pre-clinical trials on compounds that have the potential to treat ovarian and testicular cancers. Bose will hold a tenured professorship in OU-COM's Department of Biomedical Sciences with a joint appointment in the College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Chemistry.
He has two provisional patent applications on the research and hopes to pursue FDA approval of the compounds. His research has been supported through several grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Ohio Board of Regents and the U.S. Department of Education.
He has published more than 80 refereed articles and 70 abstracts and presented numerous talks at national and international conferences and academic institutions. Bose also has received four distinguished teaching awards and a distinguished scholar award and served as an editorial board member for three journals. He continues to serve as a reviewer for numerous journals and funding agencies.
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Updated March 17, 2008, at 5:22 p.m.