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Shaver Elected to NCURA Leadership Position

January 05, 2017

Deborah Shaver, director of the University of Idaho's Office of Sponsored Programs, has been elected chair of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) Region VII. Shaver begins her tenure as chair-elect in January 2017, and then will serve as chair for one year, starting in January 2018.

NCURA's mission is to "serve its members and advance the field of research administration through education and professional development programs, the sharing of knowledge and experience, and by fostering a professional, collegial and respected community." NCURA Region VII includes Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Arizona and New Mexico.

As chair-elect, Shaver will serve as a member of the Regional Executive Committee and will work closely with the chair to assist in directing regional affairs. The primary duty of the chair-elect is to oversee the organization and implementation of the regional conference for the following year.

As chair, Shaver will be the Chief Executive Officer of the Regional Executive Committee and Region VII. Shaver will call and conduct meetings, appoint members to National Council committees, appoint regional committee chairs, fill vacancies in regional officers (with the concurrence of the Regional Executive Committee), call special elections and direct the activities of the region. The chair also reports the financial and business proceedings of the region to the National Council as required.

"I am so happy to be back in Region VII. While I enjoyed being part of Region III for a several years, it means a lot to me to return to the Region where I started my career as a research administrator," Shaver said. "I am grateful for this opportunity to lead and contribute to the welfare of the region."

Janet Nelson, UI vice president for research and economic development, congratulated Shaver on her election.

"Deborah's national leadership in NCURA allows UI to build connections with peers in our region and across the nation," Nelson said. "The information she gleans through her activity in this professional society will help keep UI at the forefront of best practices in research administration and make great strides toward achieving our strategic research goals."

Deborah Shaver

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