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K-State Today

May 14, 2024

Rosowsky appointed to new role at Arizona State University

Submitted by Division of Communications and Marketing

David Rosowsky, vice president for research, is leaving K-State in early July to become the senior advisor to the president of Arizona State University.

Rosowsky joined K-State in July 2021 to lead the university's research enterprise by encouraging and facilitating the integration and enhancement of research and scholarly and creative activities across the university's colleges and multiple research centers. During his time at K-State, the university's total extramural awards funding increased to $225 million.

"I am grateful to President Myers for bringing me to K-State and for the opportunity to envision a bold future in which research and economic development were linked," said Rosowsky. "And I am grateful to President Linton for allowing me to be part of his exciting future for this great university. Working with the team in the Office of the Vice President for Research was both an honor and a privilege."

In December 2021, Rosowsky launched K-State's Economic Prosperity Plan to create 3,000 new jobs and $3 billion in additional investments in Kansas by 2029. The plan is a response to a request from the Kansas Board of Regents to demonstrate how Kansas institutions of higher education will contribute to economic prosperity in the state. To date, the plan has generated 1,699 jobs, with an additional 866 jobs announced or in the pipeline, plus $1.9 billion in secured or planned investments.

A focus area of Rosowsky's is to increase interdisciplinary research. After the launch of the university's Next-Gen K-State strategic plan, Rosowsky announced the Multidisciplinary Hiring Initiative in biomanufacturing. This initiative is underway and creates 12 new faculty positions in biosecurity, biodefense and biomanufacturing technologies. He also launched K-State's Game Changing Research Initiation Program, which builds teams of faculty from across the university to conduct research on the most complex, challenging and important problems facing our world. This was followed by a second program, GRIPex: AI in the Disciplines.

"I appreciate David's work to advance K-State's research enterprise and economic growth across Kansas," said Richard Linton, university president. "His leadership positions K-State research for continued growth and success as we become a next-generation land-grant university."

Rosowsky will also hold the titles of senior fellow in the University Design Institute and foundation professor of engineering at Arizona State University.

In the near future, the university will begin a national search to find a leader who will continue to elevate and grow K-State's research and innovation. A search committee for an internal search for an interim vice president for research has been formed, and details about the search are available online.