Mary S. Croughan Named VP for Research and Economic Development
The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost is pleased to announce that Mary S. Croughan has accepted UNLV’s offer to become the next vice president for research and economic development, effective July 31. I want to thank Carolyn Yucha for her leadership as acting vice president during the search, and search committee chair Carl Reiber, members of the committee, and everyone on campus who participated in the process.
Croughan is a seasoned administrator and researcher with more than 30 years of experience in higher education. She is currently executive director of the Research Grants Program Office for the University of California (UC) systemwide Office of the President.
At UNLV, she will lead the university’s overall research and economic development effort, which includes oversight of research infrastructure, compliance, and initiatives, as well as patent and licensing activities. She will also be responsible for driving economic development through industry and state/federal agency partnerships, working closely with campus leadership to create and strengthen collaborative research programs, and partnering on the continued development of the university’s research park.
Croughan has been a faculty member at the University of California, San Francisco's (UCSF) School of Medicine since 1987 and has taught, conducted research, developed research policy, and served as vice chair for the department of family and community medicine.
An epidemiologist with a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, Croughan is also an accomplished researcher whose work on infertility has been supported by the NIH and other federal agencies. Her research includes a longitudinal study on the health outcomes of more than 50,000 women and their partners who sought or were treated for infertility over three decades, work which has the potential to inform women’s reproductive choices worldwide.
While at UCSF, she worked closely with the National Institutes of Health on the NIH Roadmap and development of the National Children’s Study, and with federal agencies on congressional development of HIPAA policies and guidelines. From 1987 to 2004, she also developed and directed a practice-based research network at UCSF with more than 600 primary care physicians that was lauded as among the nation's best.
Croughan is a proven leader and prolific researcher whose vision and breadth of experience make her the ideal person to guide the university forward in research and economic development. She also has great internal perspective on the role of research in higher education and impressive external contacts that will enable UNLV to create the types of partnerships we need to get to the next level.
Please join us in welcoming Mary to UNLV.