University of New Mexico Provost Chaouki Abdallah has invited four finalists, including William McGimpsey, Alan Rebar, Gabriel P. López and Robert Peterkin, for the position of UNM Vice President of Research to visit campus. Each of the candidates will meet with faculty, staff, students and community members during their visit.

Open forums for each candidate have been scheduled. For additional information and a complete schedule to date, visit: Vice President for Research search.

“The search committee was very pleased with the strength and diversity of our applicant pool,” said Julie Coonrod, search committee chair. “The finalists come from a variety of academic and industry backgrounds. We hope the campus community will make time to meet the candidates during their open forums.”

The Finalists
William McGimpsey
is the vice president for Research and Sponsored Programs at Kent State University since his appointment in 2011. His responsibilities include helping faculty build their research and scholarship, increasing external resources to support research, developing industrial and other research partnerships to support economic development and enhance the university’s scholarly reputation.

Campus visit dates: Tuesday-Wednesday, Feb. 10-11
Open forum: Feb. 10, 1:30-2:30 p.m., SUB Lobo A&B
McGimpsey biography

Alan Rebar is a senior associate vice president for Research and executive director of Discovery Park at Purdue University and professor of Veterinary Clinical Pathology in the College of Veterinary Medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, a former member of the Council of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, past president of the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology, and former editor-in-chief of the journal Veterinary Clinical Pathology.

Campus visit dates: Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 16-17
Open forum: Feb. 16, 2 – 3 p.m., SUB Ballroom C
Rebar biography

Gabriel P. López is a professor of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science at Duke University. He is also adjunct professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of New Mexico, where he is a member of the Center for Biomedical Engineering. López is the founding director of the NSF’s Research Triangle Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, which is focused on the programmable self-assembly of soft matter.

Campus visit dates: Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 23-24
Open forum: Feb. 23, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., SUB Lobo A&B
López biography

Robert Peterkin currently serves as the chief scientist for Directed Energy in the Air Force Research Laboratory, where he is responsible for scientific quality of all Air Force Directed Energy Research & Development with an annual budget of as much as $330M. With the Chief Scientists of the other eight AFRL Technical Directorates, he provides enterprise-wide advice and counsel on the entire $2.4 billion US Air Force Science and Technology program. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a fellow of the Air Force Research Laboratory.

Campus visit dates: Wednesday-Thursday, March 4-5
Open forum: March 4, 2 - 3 p.m., SUB Lobo A&B
Peterkin biography

Questions regarding the visits or the search can be addressed to Matthew Gallegos, search coordinator, at