Office of Research, UC Riverside
Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development

About the Vice Chancellor

Vice Chancellor
Dr. Gillian Wilson
Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development

The Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development position is currently undergoing a national search.  This position provides vision and executive leadership for research policy and planning on campus, as well as for a diverse portfolio of economic development activities in the region. Information and updates regarding the search process will also be posted to the Executive Searches web site.

During the interim, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor Gillian Wilson will assume oversight for RED’s primary activities.  In coordination with Provost Larive, Wilson will help to ensure a smooth transition until the permanent Vice Chancellor is appointed.

Wilson joined the Department of Physics & Astronomy in 2007 and has served as chair of the RED Advisory Board since early 2017. She also serves as chair of the systemwide UC Observatories Advisory Committee and was interim deputy director of UC Observatories until she stepped down to join RED.

Previously, she served as chair of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences Executive Committee and as interim divisional dean for physical sciences and mathematics. She is a co-principal investigator on a prestigious NSF Innovation Corps Site grant. Last year, she was named an ELATE Fellow.

Wilson’s research expertise is in observational cosmology and galaxy evolution. She is the principal investigator of “SpARCS”, one of the world’s largest and most scientifically-productive galaxy cluster surveys. She chairs the Department of Physics and Astronomy’s Graduate Diversity Committee and is committed to public outreach and, especially, to attracting women and minorities into the STEM fields.

Wilson was recently selected as an Association of Public & Land-grant Universities (APLU) Council on Research (CoR) Research Leader Fellow, one of only eight recipients – all rising research leaders – selected nationally. This inaugural national fellowship program is designed to enable individuals who may aspire to become vice presidents, vice provosts, or vice chancellors of research to develop the critical knowledge and skills essential to research support and competitiveness. The 18-month fellowship will allow Wilson to make site visits to some of the nation’s leading research institutions, and will also allow her to develop specialized expertise in research administration, research development, research compliance, research communication, and economic development.