October 17, 2012
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Chancellor John Sharp announced today that Leo Paterra has been named executive director of the Office of Sponsored Research Services for the A&M System. Paterra has served as associate executive director for OSRS since July 2011.
“Leo was an obvious choice to assume the leadership of this important A&M System shared services operation,” said Sharp. “With his experience in research administration and knowledge of the A&M System, I know he will be a valuable asset in helping us move forward with our research initiatives.”
OSRS helps members of the A&M System manage and assist with the development and processing of proposals for sponsored projects, including submission to funding agencies and administrative help throughout the life of the project.
Prior to joining the OSRS, Paterra spent six years with the Texas A&M Research Foundation, four of which he served as president and CEO. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Mark Smock will continue to serve as Chief Operating Officer.
The chancellor is also creating an OSRS advisory board, comprised of M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering and director of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station; Mark Hussey, vice chancellor and dean of agriculture and life sciences; R. Bowen Loftin, president of Texas A&M University; and E.J. “Jere” Pederson, acting president of the Texas A&M Health Science Center. The advisory board will meet on a regular basis to provide input to Paterra and Smock on issues facing OSRS and its stakeholders.
About the A&M System
The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $3.5 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 120,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $780 million and help drive the state’s economy.
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