Mayer to replace Garimella as Purdue's Executive VP for Research

Mayer replaces Suresh Garimella, who left Purdue to become president of the University of Vermont, shortly after he was named to the National Science Board by President Donald Trump.

Posted: Jun 13, 2019 5:53 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue University has announced its next executive vice president for research and partnerships.

Theresa Mayer comes to Purdue from Virginia Tech, where she was vice president for research and innovation.

“The critical role that leading global research universities play in changing the world for the better has never been greater,” Mayer said. “Purdue’s research and scholarship is already among the strongest and most comprehensive in the nation and the world, and planned strategic investments across the university are positioning it for even greater advances in the future. I am thrilled and honored to return to Purdue to serve as the next executive vice president for research and partnerships at this critical time for public land-grant universities.

“Under President Daniels’ leadership, Purdue has created a framework that recognizes the growing importance of deep and holistic partnerships of all types – state, federal, industry, university – to the university’s future success and growth. I look forward to engaging with the campus community, partners, alumni and friends to advance Purdue’s mission together.”

Mayer replaces Suresh Garimella, who left Purdue to become president of the University of Vermont, shortly after he was named to the National Science Board by President Donald Trump.

Mayer's new position oversees research awards for Purdue, as well as partnerships, like those the school has with GE, Eli Lilly, and others.

She will start on Aug. 1.

“We welcome our distinguished alumna Dr. Mayer back to campus," said Daniels. "An outstanding researcher and proven successful administrator, we think Theresa has all the qualities to lead our research programs to more new records and even greater success."

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