Press Release for Wednesday, February 8, 2006

UNF Hires New Assistant Vice President for Research

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida announced this week the hiring of a new administrator. Dr. Imeh D. Ebong will serve as the assistant vice president for research at UNF.

Since 1999, Ebong has been director of the Division of Research Development at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass., where he established the research development program. Prior to his appointment at Northeastern University, he served as director of Research Development at the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, R.I., for seven years. Additionally, he oversaw the Department of Physics for a decade at Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Nkpolu, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.

“The University of North Florida is fortunate to have someone with Dr. Ebong’s expertise leading research development,” said Mark Workman, UNF’s acting provost and vice president of academic affairs. “He brings to UNF a wealth of experience in fostering and facilitating research programs and is keenly aware of the vital role that research will play in the growth and evolution of the University.”

Ebong will guide the effort to increase the research enterprise and infrastructure at UNF by taking a leadership role in increasing campus funding, promoting interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research, scholarship and creative work, as well as affirming the integrity of all research processes.

He received his doctorate in physics from Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., and his master’s in physics from Wichita State University, Wichita, Kan. Ebong is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the National Council of University Research Administrators, Society of Research Administrators, American Association for Engineering Education, Association for Institutional Research and the American Association for the Study of Higher Education.