Purdue University Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships Suresh Garimella has been identified as the "sole finalist" for the University of Vermont’s 27th president. The school’s board of directors will vote on Garimella’s appointment after he visits the campus next week.
Garimella is also Purdue’s Goodson Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Late last year, President Donald Trump appointed him to the National Science Board.
Purdue has reported four straight record years in research funding under Garimella’s leadership. The school says it attracted $454.5 million in sponsored research funding in 2018, topping the previous record in 2017 by $36 million. The National Science Foundation accounted for 15 percent of the 2018 funding.
University of Vermont Board Chair David Daigle says Garimella "emerged clearly as a compelling candidate whose accomplishments align with our collective vision for the presidential leader who will best serve, and continue to advance, our university in the years to come."
Garimella is set to visit the campus February 13-15.