Timothy Denning, vice-president for research and economic development at Georgia State University, will become CEO of the Georgia Research Alliance.

Headshot of Timothy Denning

Timothy Denning, currently vice-president for research and economic development and a distinguished university professor at Georgia State University, will become chief executive and president of the Georgia Research Alliance (GRA) on November 1.

Georgia Research Alliance is a nonprofit organisation that coordinates research activities between universities in the US state of Georgia. It has been led by Susan Shows since 2020, who will retire, having been with GRA since 2001.

Georgia State University is expected to name an interim vice-president while it undertakes a national search for a permanent successor.

Denning became vice-president in 2020 and has led the university’s research community to historic growth and funding records for the past three years. In fiscal year 2023, faculty secured $224.72m in research funding, the highest total in Georgia State University’s history.

Denning is also a distinguished university professor in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences, where he was previously associate director and director of academic programmes. During his tenure, the institute has doubled its sponsored research funding.

M. Brian Blake, president of Georgia State University, said: “Tim has been so crucial and instrumental to the growth of our research enterprise, and he has been an incredible partner to me and the entire university community. His leadership has been vital for the exceptional research efforts taking place here.”

Thierry Heles

Thierry Heles is the editor of Global University Venturing, host of the Beyond the Breakthrough interview podcast and responsible for the monthly GUV Gazette (sign up here for free).