The University of Kentucky named longtime faculty member Lisa Cassis its vice president for research.
Cassis, who has held the position on an interim basis since June 2014, will continue to oversee UK's $285 million research enterprise, including $11.3 million in federal grants for her own work as a professor of pharmacology and nutritional sciences. Her annual salary will be $350,000.
Cassis has published more than 130 scholarly articles, is the recipient of several national research awards, and has trained many future biomedical researchers.
"Dr. Cassis is the model scholar researcher," said UK President Eli Capilouto. "She has spent her career as a leading researcher into some of Kentucky's most significant health issues and for the past year has provided outstanding leadership for our growing research enterprise as we formulate a strategic plan and continue to navigate a challenging federal funding climate."
Of the 11 people who now report directly to Capilouto, two are black men and one, Cassis, is a woman. She is now one of five female vice presidents in Capilouto's administration.
In a letter to faculty, Capilouto said he has asked Cassis to look for alternative revenue sources to prop up declining federal research dollars, foster collaboration across colleges to expand UK's research portfolio and evaluate research needs across campus.
Cassis earned a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Ph.D. in pharmacology from West Virginia University and held postdoctoral positions at the University of Würzburg in Germany, and the University of Virginia.