Vice President for Research
Cynthia Sagers serves as Vice President for Research at Oregon State University as of August 2015. She previously served as the Vice Provost for Research and Economic Development at the University of Arkansas. As Vice President, Sagers will provide leadership to OSU’s vast research enterprise, which last year brought in $285 million in research grants and contracts in areas including agriculture, forestry, marine sciences, public health, and engineering. Sagers also will work with academic leaders and the University community to expand OSU’s entrepreneurial and economic development activities with industry and other public and private partners
Dr. Sagers is a dynamic leader who understands the needs of a comprehensive international research university. Her experience as a program officer for the National Science Foundation in international science and engineering will be an important asset as we grow OSU’s research impact in Oregon – and globally. She is also a collaborator who can build upon this university’s strong foundation of partnerships with state and federal agencies as well as the business sector.
In 2012, Dr. Sagers was named Associate Vice Provost for Research and Economic Development at the University of Arkansas. In just two years, she helped the university increase research awards by 30 percent. Beginning in 2005, Dr. Sagers worked in Corvallis for two years as senior research associate with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Research Council. In 2007, when she returned to Arkansas, she served as state commissioner for the governor’s Global Warming Commission, and in 2010, she was named program officer for the National Science Foundation’s Office of International Science and Engineering.
A biological scientist by training, Dr. Sagers earned two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah. She launched her academic career in 1994, joining the faculty of the University of Arkansas, where she has remained except for leaves of absence to work on leadership initiatives.
Headed by the Vice President for Research, the several units of the Research Office serve faculty involved in research, innovation, scholarship, and creativity in all OSU colleges and departments, and in a variety of multidisciplinary centers, institutes, and programs. The office provides support to secure funding, comply with regulations, partner with industry, establish collaborations across the university, and raise the profile of OSU.
The vice president for research oversees research and scholarship activities spanning OSU's 11 academic colleges and more than 20 multidisciplinary programs, centers and institutes.