The University of Alabama in Huntsville has named Dean Smith, who holds degrees from Harvard and Stanford, as interim vice president for research.
Smith will begin duties Sept. 4 and the school will launch a national search for a successor to John Horack, who left UAH last month to become head of Teledyne Brown Engineering's Space System Division.
Research at UAH is expected to generate close to $100 million in expenditures in the 2012 fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.
According to the UAH announcement, Smith's experience includes serving as a research administrator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Hawaii and Texas Tech University, in addition to serving as dean of the graduate schools at Wisconsin and Hawaii. He has been on the faculty at each of those universities in addition to UCLA and Stanford University.