USF's Holbrook to Chair ORAU

USF’s Karen Holbrook is new chair of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities Board.


TAMPA, Fla. (April 1, 2011) – Karen Holbrook, the University of  South Florida’s Senior Vice President for Research, Innovation & Global Affairs, was named chair of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Board of Directors during the 66th annual meeting of the Council of Sponsoring Institutions.


ORAU is a university consortium leveraging the scientific strength of 98 major research institutions to advance science and education by partnering with national laboratories, government agencies and private industry. ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education for the U.S. Department of Energy. The board provides policy and fiduciary oversight of ORAU operations for its membership.


As head of USF’s research and global programs, Holbrook oversees key initiatives at one of the fastest growing research universities in the nation. USF is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in the top tier of research universities, a distinction attained by only 2.2 percent of all universities. USF is ranked 44th in total research expenditures and 38th in federal research expenditures for public universities by the National Science Foundation.


Holbrook, who holds a second title of professor of molecular medicine at USF, served as president of The Ohio State University for five years, where she led one of the nation's largest and most distinguished universities dedicated to teaching, research, and service.


Before becoming president of Ohio State in 2002, Holbrook served as senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of Georgia; vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School at the University of Florida; and associate dean for research and professor of biological structure and medicine at the University of Washington, School of Medicine.


 Holbrook has served on the boards of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the American Council of Education, the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, and the Association of American Universities, among others.  She participates on numerous advisory panels and councils for the National Institutes of Health, including the NIH Blue Ribbon Panel for the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory, Boston, and was a recent member of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the NIH.  She has been deeply involved in national and regional efforts to strengthen graduate education in America and has been active in economic development partnerships at the community and state levels.


She is currently on several other boards, including the boards of the Institute for International Education (IIE), Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA), ACT, and Techne, Inc.  Holbrook has had a productive research career in the biomedical sciences and was a MERIT Award recipient from the NIH.  She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in zoology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, a doctorate in biological structure at the University of Washington, School of Medicine where she also served as a postdoctoral fellow in dermatology and a faculty member.


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