Richard McCullough, Ph.D. is the former Vice Provost for Research and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Harvard. He is now the current President of Florida State University. Rick has a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Texas, Dallas, earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in chemistry at Johns Hopkins University. He did his postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University.
From 2012-2021, Rick was the Vice Provost for Research. In this capacity he worked with the President and Provost to encourage, cultivate, and coordinate high impact academic research across all of Harvard’s schools and affiliated institutions. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (VPR) has broad responsibility and oversight for the development, review, and implementation of strategies, planning, and policies related to the organization and execution of academic research across the entire university. Dr. McCullough led a new office of Foundation and Corporate Development. He also assisted in oversight of many of the interdisciplinary institutes, centers and initiatives across Harvard.
Under Vice Provost McCullough’s leadership, the Office of the VPR was particularly focused on removing barriers to collaboration, whether in University policies, or financial or administrative systems. Additionally, the Vice Provost for Research worked with the President and Provost to foster and encourage entrepreneurship among undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members. He also helps to lead the development of the new innovation campus.
Richard McCullough was Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Harvard and is a member of numerous professional societies and boards.
Prior to joining Harvard, Dr. McCullough was the Vice President for Research at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he previously served as the Dean of the Mellon College of Science, and Professor and head of the Department of Chemistry. Dr. McCullough has founded two companies: Plextronics Inc, and Liquid X Printed Metals.
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