About the Vice President

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After spending almost a decade working in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, Dr. Russell J. Mumper began his academic career in 1999 at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy.  In 2007, he joined the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the John A. McNeill Distinguished Professor and Founding Director of the Center for Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery.  He also served as Vice Dean of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy from 2010 to 2014, and as the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Georgia from 2014 to 2019.  Dr. Mumper joined The University of Alabama as the Vice President for Research & Economic Development in January 2019.

Throughout his academic career, Dr. Mumper has received nearly $30 million in research grants and contracts and has published more than 310 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and abstracts in areas pertaining to advanced drug delivery systems, nanotechnology, and medical and health properties of berries and berry extracts.  He is an inventor on 61 patents or patent families, many of which have been licensed to companies.  Dr. Mumper has led or founded four different interdisciplinary centers or institutes on two campuses and has founded five university-based start-up companies.  He has served extensively as an expert patent witness and consultant to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

He has been a highly awarded teacher and mentor as well, receiving campus-wide teaching awards at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Kentucky.  His experience and publications relating to a Three Year Flipped Classroom Initiative as a way to enhance student engagement and learning received national and international attention.

Dr. Mumper currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and on several local, state and national boards and commissions promoting research, innovation and economic development.


The Research Mission of The University of Alabama is to facilitate and promote the pursuit, discovery, and dissemination of knowledge and the application of knowledge through research and creative initiatives, technology transfer and economic development that impact our students and our many constituencies within the State of Alabama, the nation and the world.