University of Alabama President Stuart Bell has tapped Dr. John C. Higginbotham to serve as interim vice president for Research and Economic Development while the search for a new vice president is completed.
Currently serving as associate vice president for research, Higginbotham’s interim term will begin Jan. 1 and last until the division’s next leader takes office.
“We are fortunate Dr. Higginbotham is available to serve during this interim term,” said Provost and Executive Vice President Kevin Whitaker. “His extensive academic and research background, intimate knowledge of our existing research and economic development operations, and strong relationships with faculty and researchers across campus and around the country will serve the University well as we begin the important national search for a new vice president.”
A UA alumnus, Higginbotham returned to campus in 1999 and served in various roles as faculty member, department chair, associate dean, and director within the College of Community Health Sciences.
“Serving in this leadership capacity is an honor,” said Higginbotham. “I appreciate the trust Dr. Bell and Dr. Whitaker have placed in me to continue the important work of this office during this critical time.”