Indiana University President Michael McRobbie announced Tuesday his selection of Ora Pescovitz to serve as Interim Vice President for Research Administration. Pescovitz was reportedly considered along with McRobbie as a final candidate to succeed former IU President Adam Herbert. Pescovitz will remain in her current roles as CEO of Riley Hospital for Children and Executive Associate Dean for Research Affairs at the IU School of Medicine. She says she’s taking on the job of overall research administration at IU on an interim basis to lay the groundwork for a permanent appointee.
Pescovitz says she’s hoping to streamline IU’s research infrastructure. She says many of the research offices across the statewide IU system duplicate each other’s efforts, and the system could benefit from greater collaboration among campuses.
Pescovitz says she doesn’t have a specific start date in mind for her vice presidential duties, though she says she’s already developing an inventory of the administrative restructuring she’d like to achieve. Her official appointment is pending approval of the IU Board of Trustees, which next meets August 16th.