COLUMBIA — University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe announced the appointment of Henry C. “Hank” Foley as the new executive vice president for academic affairs for the system Tuesday morning.
Foley currently serves as vice president for research and dean of the graduate school at Pennsylvania State University.
"Dr. Foley brings the experience and vision needed to provide the transformational leadership that will grow our university’s academic and research expertise," Wolfe said in a news release. "This new addition to our leadership team will help our campuses keep pace with the changing dynamics of higher education, better serve constituencies on our four campuses and enhance operational efficiencies systemwide."
As executive vice president, Foley will work with campus leaders to lead the system’s strategic planning efforts and academic programs, promote economic development, improve research collaborations and increase funding.
The appointment must be approved by the UM System Board of Curators and has a starting salary of $350,000.
Foley is originally from Providence, R.I., and earned a master’s degree in chemistry from Purdue University and a doctorate in physical and inorganic chemistry from Penn State.
His industry experience includes working for American Cyanamid and consulting with companies such as Westvaco, Air Products, Monsanto, DuPont and Engelhard Corp.