VP for research, innovation chosen

David Weindorf, a researcher and leader at Texas Tech University, will join CMU July 1

| Author: Gary H. Piatek

Executive Vice President and Provost Mary C. Schutten has chosen David Weindorf of Texas Tech University to be Central Michigan University's vice president for research and innovation, effective July 1.


Since 2019, Weindorf has been associate vice president in the Office of Research and Innovation and BL Allen endowed chair of pedology (soil science) at Texas Tech, where he received his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in soil science and soil management.

"Dr. Weindorf is an accomplished professor and published researcher in soil sciences and crop production management, in addition to being involved in many professional academic activities, community STEM education and other endeavors," Schutten said. "We are excited to welcome Dr. Weindorf to CMU."

Weindorf has held leadership research roles at Texas Tech since 2014, when he was named associate dean for research in the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources. He also is associate director of Texas Tech's STEM Center for Outreach, Research and Education.

"I am excited to be able to take a leadership role in helping to guide and grow CMU's already strong and accomplished research endeavors, from incoming freshmen on up," he said.

Weindorf brings a global perspective to his position:

  • In 2019, he was a visiting professor at the Universidade Federal de Lavras in Brazil and also received an honorable mention Global Vision Lifetime Achievement Award from the Office of International Affairs at Texas Tech.
  • In 2018, he served as a U.S. State Department/World Learning Fulbright specialist assigned to the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India. He also received a Fulbright scholar lecturing/research award in 2011, assigned to the Universitatea de Ştiinţe Agricole şi Medicină Veterinară in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
  • In 2017, he received the International Impact Award from Texas Tech's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
  • From 2017-19, North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa, named him to a position as extraordinary professor.
  • In 2015, he was an invited speaker to the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C., and to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome.

Weindorf will succeed the current vice president of research and dean of the College of Graduate Studies, David Ash. Ash joined CMU in October 2005 to chair the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Ash has served in his current role since 2015 and plans to retire in June.

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