DENTON (UNT), Texas -- University of North Texas President Gretchen M. Bataille appointed Dr. Arthur J. Goven to serve as
UNT's interim vice president for research while the university conducts a national search to permanently fill the position.
Goven -- who is professor and chair of the Department of Biological Sciences and an active researcher in areas associated with environmental toxicology, immunotoxicology and immunoparasitology -- served in the office between 2001 and 2003 during its transition from vice provost for research to vice president for research.
According to Bataille, "If UNT is to make progress toward its goal to become a top-tier research university, the appointment of a vice president for research is critical."
"However, since that full-time job has been vacant since November 2005, we cannot wait until spring. We need someone in that office immediately who can focus on research opportunities every day," she said.
"Art Goven's agreement to serve once again gives UNT the best possible solution to our immediate needs. He brings an excellent reputation as a scholar and hard working researcher in addition to his administrative experience and knowledge," Bataille said.
The interim position and the permanent vice presidency will report directly to Bataille.
Goven said his priorities for the job will center on helping UNT's faculty reach the scholarship and funding goals outlined in UNT's new academic and strategic plans, in addition to setting the stage for a new VP for research.
In addition to other duties, Goven was faculty executive assistant to the chancellor from 1997 to 2001. He came to the UNT faculty in 1982.
He earned his doctoral degree in immunoparasitology and his master's degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Lynchburg College in Virginia.
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