Dr. Richard J. Hoffmann
"I am delighted that we will be joined soon by Dick Hoffmann," University President James B. Milliken said. "Dick brings a wealth of experience as a scientist, a faculty member and a senior administrator. We could not have asked for a better fit for this important role."
Hoffmann is currently serving as Interim Director of the Sheldon Museum of Art.
From 2001-2007 he was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he is also a Professor of Biological Sciences. He also has served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the State University of New York at Albany, as well as the Interim Dean and Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University.
"We believe Dick brings exceptional ability and expertise to this job," according to Dr. Linda Pratt, Executive Vice President and Provost for the University of Nebraska. "Dick has a proven record of working well beyond the boundaries of his college at several important research institutions."
Hoffmann said he believes his experience in promoting interdisciplinary and cross college work should be particularly useful. "I'm delighted to have this opportunity to make a contribution to the future of the University of Nebraska," he said. "And I'm looking forward to assisting the campuses with their research mission and to promoting collaboration and university-wide thinking about this mission."
In his new position, Hoffmann will work with the Nebraska Research Initiative and other funding opportunities in the sciences. He also will work to support research collaboration across campuses and disciplines in the community. "Dick's career as a successful biologist before going into administration will be a real asset in working across campuses with our scientists," Pratt said.
She explained that the job of Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research has been redefined from an existing position. "We hope with this change to bring more leadership to the university's multi-campus research initiatives and the development of research partnerships beyond the campuses."
Hoffmann will also deal with a wide range of academic policy and program issues. As Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research, he will report to the Provost.
Hoffmann received his Ph.D. from Stanford University. His research has focused on the genetics of adaptation using marine invertebrates. His research was funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society. He was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1990.
Hoffmann is married to Vicki Wetherington Hoffmann, and has two grown children, Erin and Christopher.