Associate VC for Research finalist’s presentation is Aug. 13

Kurt Preston, a candidate for associate vice chancellor for research focusing on defense–fundable projects, will make a public presentation at 3 p.m. Aug. 13 in the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, room 202 (Ubuntu room). The event is open to faculty, staff and students.

Since 2005, Preston has been division chief of the U.S. Army Research Office in Durham, N.C., where he oversees the University Research Initiative Program and directs the Environmental Science Basic Research Program. As a program manager from 2002 to 2005, he led the office's review process for funding basic research proposals in engineering, physical, information and life sciences. Earlier, Preston held several U.S. Army leadership roles related to environment, safety and health.

He earned a bachelor's degree in agriculture from the University of Georgia, master's and doctoral degrees in civil engineering from Purdue University and a Juris Doctor from North Carolina Central University. Read Preston's CV at

Six finalists are in consideration for two associate vice chancellor for research positions that will play major leadership roles in helping UNL achieve its research and economic development growth goals. Preston, the fourth finalist to visit campus, is one of two candidates for the position that will focus on physical sciences and other research related to Department of Defense fundable projects. The other position will have campuswide general responsibilities for research development, growth and compliance.

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