I am writing to inform you that Vice President for Research Stephen M. Lanier has told me of his intention to transition from his current position to the faculty in the Pharmacology Department of Wayne State University’s School of Medicine. We will begin a national search immediately for a replacement; meanwhile, Steve will remain vice president for several months until an interim can be appointed to serve throughout the search process.
While I’m saddened by this news, I want to take a moment to celebrate the many accomplishments our research division has enjoyed under Steve’s capable leadership.
Steve joined Wayne State in 2014 as vice president for research and professor of pharmacology, where he has helped to conceptualize, develop and implement initiatives to address local, regional and global societal challenges across all aspects of our educational, research and service missions. These initiatives involved several intercollegiate and interdepartmental thematically-focused cluster recruitment projects anchored to focus areas relevant to our mission as a public urban research university.
Under Steve’s guidance, WSU achieved these key research milestones:
Not only did Steve provide the steady guidance and vision needed over the past eight years that resulted in these achievements, but he also pursued his scientific work in the Pharmacology Department, which led to the development of new concepts in the field of cell signaling as well as the generation of a number of tools that are widely used in the research community.
Please join me in thanking Steve for his leadership, dedication and hard work that helped ensure that Wayne State operates a world-class research enterprise — and in wishing him well in his endeavors as a faculty member.
M. Roy Wilson