The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research facilitates and manages the university’s one billion dollar enterprise. The office provides many services for UNC researchers, faculty and staff, and scholars from identifying a grant opportunity to managing proposals and awards and protecting and navigating ethics and conflicts.

Vice Chancellor for Research

Portrait of Terry MagnusonTerry Magnuson, Sarah Graham Kenan Professor and founding chair of the UNC Department of Genetics, became UNC’s vice chancellor for research on July 1, 2016. In this role, he leads a campus-wide research program that attracted nearly $1 billion in contract and grant funding in fiscal 2014; connects academic units across campus with university priorities; and manages research support offices as well as 16 centers and institutes.

Magnuson, a geneticist who studies chomatin and gene expression in various diseases, joined the UNC School of Medicine in 2000 to create its $245 million-backed genetics and genomics program. He also directed the pan-campus Carolina Center for Genome Sciences, developed the Cancer Genetics Program within the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and in 2010 was named vice dean for research in the School of Medicine.

He is a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine. In 2014, he was appointed to the National Institutes of Health Council of Councils, an exclusive group of the top minds in the nation charged with guiding research projects that transcend the National Institute of Health’s centers and institutes. He’s also a founding member of the International Mammalian Genome Society and has served on the board of directors for both the Society for Developmental Biology and the Genetics Society of America.

“Terry is a national leader in this field and one of our deeply trusted colleagues,’’ Chancellor Carol L. Folt says. “We are so honored that he will guide the basic curiosity, passion, and creativity inherent in our faculty and students to help unleash the innovation potential of this great university.”

tmagnuson@unc.edu
CB 4000
312 South Building
Chapel Hill
Ph: 919-962-1319
Fax: 919-962-1476
Bridget Riordan is the Executive Assistant for the Vice Chancellor. Ms. Riordan is responsible for the Vice Chancellor’s calendar and works closely to help prepare and review presentations, reports and travel coordination.

briordan@unc.edu
919-962-1319


Jo Ann Gustafson serves as Director of Operations and Senior Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Research. She is responsible for the management of all administrative functions. These include day-to-day management of all activities and procedures and oversight of budget and personnel administration within the organization. Ms. Gustafson serves as the HR Officer for the Research Division.

CB 4000
312 South Building
Chapel Hill
joann_gustafson@unc.edu
919-962-1319


Tonya Watkins serves as Director for Research Division Financial Services. She leads the finance, accounting, budget, and financial services operations of the second largest research generating division on campus. She directs the planning of shared financial and research administration services for the research division as a whole, and oversees the provision of these services to OVCR administrative offices, centers, and institutes. Ms. Watkins also represents UNC Research on campus finance committees, and serves as the MOU for the division.

100 Europa Drive
Suite 365
CB 2212
Chapel Hill
jenkins7@ad.unc.edu
919-962-0217


Joyce Tan is responsible for the development and implementation of research strategy. She connects the Office Vice Chancellor for Research with research leadership throughout campus, along with other UNC administrative units to facilitate interdisciplinary research programs and initiatives to grow the university’s global reputation and encourage innovation and entrepreneurship. She also promotes research partnerships with external public and private organizations.

CB 4000
310 South Building
Chapel Hill
joyce_tan@med.unc.edu
919-962-0394


Leslie Ray supports Associate Vice Chancellor Andy Johns and is responsible for all correspondence and the distribution of information to research senior staff and other administrative personnel.

CB 4000
312 South Building
Chapel Hill
leslieray@unc.edu
919-962-1319