UALR Names Finalists for Vice Provost of Research Position

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has named three finalists for vice provost of research, innovation and economic development.

After a national search, Amit Goyal, of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Andrew Myers, of Pittsburg State University, and Matt McKillip, of Purdue University, have been named finalists for the new position.

All three finalists are set to visit the campus for two days this month. Goyal will visit June 9-10, Myers on June 11-12, and McKillip on June 17-18.

The vice provost will serve as head of department-based research projects and several research centers, including the Center for Integrative Nanotechnology Sciences, Emerging Analytics Center and TechLaunch.

Drew Kumpuris, a Little Rock cardiologist and soon-to-be member of the UALR Board of Visitors, is chair of the 16-person search committee. Joni Lee, chief government relations officer at UALR, is serving as co-chair.

The Finalists

Goyal is a corporate fellow and distinguished scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He is the founder, president and chief executive officer of TapeSolar Inc., a private-equity funded, solar company, and TexMat LLC, an IP holding company.

Goyal received a bachelor's in metallurgical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India. He received his master's degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering and his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of Rochester.

McKillip is the director of research and innovation at Purdue's eight campuses in Indiana. Recently, he started an on-campus business accelerator for students and faculty and secured a $13 million workforce development grant. 

McKillip received his bachelor's in science/computer information systems and his master's in science/organizational leadership from Purdue.

Myers is executive director of the Kansas Polymer Research Center at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. He's the former head of the Business and Technology Institute at the university.