Cynthia Sagers, Oregon State University
Member, VertueLab Board of Directors
Cynthia Sagers has served as the Vice President for Research since August 31, 2015. She previously served as the Vice Provost for Research and Economic Development at the University of Arkansas. As Vice President, Sagers will provide leadership to OSU’s vast research enterprise, which last year brought in $285 million in research grants and contracts in areas including agriculture, forestry, marine sciences, public health, and engineering. Sagers also will work with academic leaders and the University community to expand OSU’s entrepreneurial and economic development activities with industry and other public and private partners.
Dr. Sagers is a dynamic leader who understands the needs of a comprehensive international research university. Her experience as a program officer for the National Science Foundation in international science and engineering will be an important asset in growing OSU’s research impact in Oregon. In 2012, Dr. Sagers was named Associate Vice Provost for Research and Economic Development at the University of Arkansas. In just two years, she helped the university increase research awards by 30 percent. Beginning in 2005, Dr. Sagers worked in Corvallis for two years as senior research associate with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Research Council. In 2007, when she returned to Arkansas, she served as state commissioner for the governor’s Global Warming Commission, and in 2010, she was named program officer for the National Science Foundation’s Office of International Science and Engineering. A biological scientist by training, Dr. Sagers earned two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah.