Headshot of Margaret Sova McCabe

Margaret Sova McCabe, who has been interim vice-chancellor for research and innovation at the University of Arkansas since January 2023, has now been appointed to the position for a two-year term.

McCabe joined the university in July 2018 as a professor of law, a position she continues to hold, and dean of the School of Law, a position she held until January 2022 when she became senior advisor for strategic projects.

She previously spent nearly 11 years at the University of New Hampshire as a professor of law as well as, first, associate dean for academic administration from June 2011 to June 2014, and then associate dean for academic affairs from June 2014 to June 2017.

Charles Robinson, chancellor at the University of Arkansas, said: “Over the past nine months, Margaret has demonstrated an innate leadership ability, a solutions-oriented approach and a deep commitment to advancing the research enterprise through collaboration, consolidation of resources, structure, prioritisation and faculty support.

“I could not make the decision to bring somebody else in when she was doing such a great job. Margaret is absolutely the right person to lead this critical area at this time.”

McCabe added: “I am excited to be able to continue working with some of the most talented and committed people on campus: our division staff and our researchers.

“Whether focusing on adopting a best administrative practice through policy change, pursuing large funding opportunities or developing our research facilities, our campus and stakeholders should know there are a team of people who pursue research excellence every day. We have a bright future of discovery and innovation that will benefit the state, nation and world.”

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).