Vice Rector Russell Moore announced today that Terry Fiez, Vice Rector for Research and Innovation and Dean of Institutions, will retire on June 1.
“As Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation for almost seven years, Terry changed CU Boulder’s research mission, solidifying the spirit of innovation at all levels of the enterprise and bringing us to previously unrealized heights of success,” Moore said.
As Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation and Dean of Institutes, Fies manages CU Boulder’s The Office of Research and Innovation (RIO), which oversees research and development, research institutes, research administration and partnerships and innovation.
Moore named the achievements under Fiez, which include:
- Providing new levels of influence for research groups, institutes and research and innovation enterprises, only some of which are reflected in on-campus research funding—Growing from $ 425 million in 2015 to $ 634 million in 2021.
- Instilling a commitment to campus service and contributing to the professional development of its people, leading RIO to further support and enhance the success of faculty, students and staff.
- Introducing the spirit and practice of entrepreneurship into the ecosystem of research and innovation, advancing the university’s strategic imperatives and increasing the impact of the research enterprise.
- Approach every opportunity with a spirit of collaboration, including bringing together key employees–research and innovation enterprise, all four CU campuses, the Front Range community, other universities across the region, national laboratories and industry-increase the individual and collective success of campus and the region and beyond.
In September 2015, Fiez joined CU Boulder as Deputy Chancellor for Research. She is a full professor of electrical engineering, computer and energy engineering. In December 2018, she was also appointed Dean of the CU Boulder Research Institutes. Prior to joining CU Boulder, she was director of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University.
Fiez said she was pleased to head CU Boulder’s research and innovation.
“My experience at CU Boulder has been a highlight of my 32-year career in higher education,” Fiez said. “It was an honor for us to serve the CU Boulder community. CU Boulder’s faculty, staff and students are incredibly special– with talent and dedication to achieve everything they set out to do. I look forward to these opportunities and thinking continuing in the future. The sky is the limit. ”
After retirement, Fiez and her husband Tim plan to return to Oregon, where they look forward to more time with family, including their two sons. Fiez also intends to remain part of the CU Boulder community, continuing to connect with colleagues and friends at Boulder.
Moore said later in the spring he would announce an acting vice rector for research and innovation, who would also serve as dean of institutes, as well as a national search schedule for a successor.
“At this time, I would like to express my gratitude to Terry for her far-sighted, energetic leadership and wish her, Tim and their sons all the best. She will always be a valuable part of my management team and our CU family, ”Moore said.