Internationally Experienced Research Development Leader to Guide LIU’s Research and Global Expansion Plans

Long Island University has announced another important step forward in its continuing advancement as a nationally recognized teaching and research university by selecting Dr. Richard Nader as Chief Research and International Officer.

Dr. Nader will lead LIU Research and create a new Research Development office, where he will work alongside leadership and faculty to grow overall research and develop integrated global research and education partnerships.

Dr. Nader’s role will include strategic planning and working with faculty to build and enhance research and connect faculty to funding opportunities both nationally and internationally. His deep experience in university research development, program leadership at the National Science Foundation (NSF), and his international cultural competence with regard to country-specific needs are a vital background for his unique dual role as Chief Research and International Officer. Dr. Nader will be highly engaged with University leadership and faculty in enhancing LIU research emphasis areas and international engagement priorities.

“Long Island University’s bold vision is to be a globally engaged, internationally recognized teaching and research institution,” LIU President Kimberly Cline said.  “Rick Nader possesses the research, international and academic credentials, as well as the hands-on experience of building a globally agile research infrastructure, to further accelerate our momentum.”

“Rick Nader has a proven track record of building research programs with global relevance,” said LIU Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Randy Burd. “At LIU, we are working to build an integrated and internationally relevant research enterprise driven by local discovery, national influence, global reach and collective impact.  Rick Nader will complement the outstanding faculty and resources we already have in place and further elevate our academic and research initiatives.”

“LIU has unique assets that position it to serve as a global research and education leader,” Dr. Nader said. “Leading universities, like LIU, demonstrate excellence in research and have a mission to prepare the next generation for success, which includes global understanding, cultural competence and leadership in an increasingly diverse world.  I am excited to contribute to the University’s forward momentum in academics and research. I look forward to working alongside faculty and staff to engage our students in research and global experiences that address society’s challenges.”

Dr. Nader has nearly 30 years of experience in research and international affairs. Most recently he served at Mississippi State University, where he led efforts in international development, education and research, including work with the University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He also served at the University of North Texas (UNT), where he began its research development office and worked closely with faculty and senior administrators to secure major international and domestic research awards. Prior to his work at UNT, Nader was at the NSF’s Office of International Science and Engineering and at Texas A&M University.

LIU is advancing as a major research institution with enhanced initiatives in a number of fields, including LIU Pharmacy (The Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences) and the University’s pending proposal to open the New York metropolitan area’s first College of Veterinary Medicine.  LIU Pharmacy is experiencing a dramatic increase in research funding under the leadership of Dean John Pezzuto, a Volwiler Award winner. Its new faculty include Dr. Jeffrey Idle, one of the world leaders in the fields of metabolomics and pharmacogenetics.  LIU’s pending College of Veterinary Medicine recently received a major boost when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo awarded the project $12 million in State transformative funding, citing its research focus.

University-wide, LIU is achieving results from its program of strategic investments. LIU was recognized as one of the top 20 selective private colleges in the nation on the “Overall Mobility Index,” assembled by researchers from Harvard, Stanford and Brown as part of the Equality of Opportunity Project. These accolades follow comparable laurels from such prestigious publications and research organizations as US News and World Report, Forbes, The Princeton Review’s “Best Northeastern Universities” list, and the Brookings Institution. LIU surpassed the goal of its strategic plan by doubling its endowment over the past five years, beating its target date by more than two years.

Dr. Nader will lead the LIU Research Administration and Research Development Office’s expansion to support faculty-driven research and intellectual engagement globally, as well as to guide LIU Global. He will lead the development of new resources to foster success, such as faculty proposal writing workshops, grant and research management training, and programming designed for LIU to operate effectively in research anywhere in the world. Dr. Nader will oversee federal research opportunities to spearhead development of LIU signature research areas, and build bridges between funding agencies and LIU.

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