Leadership Searches

Vice Provost for Research

The Vice Provost for Research works in tandem with faculty to facilitate all phases of the external and internal funding processes and provides support for faculty and student research initiatives. GW's goal is to conduct a national search to recruit a vice provost with a broad range of expertise, exceptional knowledge of all disciplines, including the humanities and social sciences, and a track record of administrative accomplishments. The vice provost for research will be ready on day one to provide strategic leadership for GW’s vibrant research ecosystem.



The search committee is charged to recommend to the Provost a slate of two to four finalists to serve as the George Washington University’s next Vice Provost for Research.

Full charge to the Vice Provost for Research search committee


Search Prospectus

The search prospectus for the vice provost for research is available for review on the Storbeck Search website.



December 2020

  • Exploratory listening sessions with various groups of faculty, university leaders, and researchers

January-February 2021

  • Search committee formed, based on suggestions from the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, deans, and other stakeholders
  • Storbeck Search selected as executive search firm partner
  • Feb. 23: Search committee formally charged

March 2021

  • March 4: National search officially announced by Provost Blake and Senior Associate Vice Provost for Research Gina Lohr

May 2021

  • Search committee initiated initial review of candidate applications in the first of several stages of the candidate vetting process
  • May 24: Carla J. Berg, PhD, MBA, LP named interim vice provost for research


Search Committee Membership


Paul Wahlbeck, Dean, CCAS (chair)

Meghana Ayyagari, Professor of International Business & Professor of International Affairs, GWSB

David Diemert, Professor of Medicine and of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine, SMHS

Maxine Freund, Associate Dean for Research and External Relations, GSEHD

Kathleen Griffith, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean, PhD Program, SON

Raina Hackett, Undergraduate, Senate Policy Advisor, Diversity and Inclusion Assembly Chair, GW Student Association

Danielle R. Haywood, PhD candidate in Program Evaluation, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Administration, CCAS

Gina Lohr, Senior Associate Vice Provost for Research

Kausik Sarkar, Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, SEAS

Chet Sherwood, Professor of Anthropology, CCAS

Hannah Sommers, Senior Associate Dean and Deputy University Librarian

Jim Tielsch, Chair of the Department of Global Health, GWSPH

Lynn Westwater, Professor of Italian, CCAS (Diversity Advocate)

Garry Young, Director, George Washington Institute of Public Policy