COLUMBIA — Henry Foley is an excellent pick for the new job of executive vice president for academic affairs at UM, school representatives told members of the board of directors of Regional Economic Development Inc. on Wednesday afternoon.
UM System President Tim Wolfe announced the selection of Foley on Tuesday saying he brings "the experience and vision" to transform UM's academic research and expertise.
Foley will leave a vice president position at Penn State University.
The new position at UM was announced in January as part of Wolfe's reorganization of system administration. Foley will oversee academic and economic development, research, academic affairs and strategic planning. He also will lead institutional research, eLearning functions and academic program review for the system.
At the REDI board meeting, UM System Chief of Staff Robert Schwartz said that he was pleased to welcome Foley to MU and that Foley would maintain UM's research and economic development efforts.
"There won't be less focus on research and economic development," Schwartz said. "If anything, there will be more of a focus on it."
MU Vice Chancellor for Research Robert Duncan, who said he has previously met Foley, also praised the new hire.
"He is one of the most business-friendly people I know in academia," Duncan said.
Schwartz said Foley likely would relocate to Columbia at the end of July or early August.
Foley's appointment is subject to the approval of the UM System Board of Curators. The position has a starting salary of $350,000.
At Penn State, Foley is vice president for research, dean of the graduate school, president of the Penn State Research Foundation and the Penn State Research Park Management Corp. He has been at Penn State since 2000.
Foley earned a master's degree in chemistry from Purdue University and a doctorate in physical and inorganic chemistry from Penn State. He was a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Delaware for 14 years before returning to Penn State as a faculty member.
Foley has also worked for American Cyanamid and with consulting companies, including Air Products and Chemicals Inc., DuPont, Engelhard Corp., Monsanto and Westvaco.
Foley has not responded to Missourian requests for comment.
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