Brad Ritts is the interim vice president for research and economic development at the University of Idaho. He assumed this position in February, from his regular appointment as associate vice president for research, upon the departure of the prior vice president for research. Ritts came to the U of I in fall 2018 as the associate vice president along with a faculty appointment in the Department of Geological Sciences.
Ritts’s professional experience has been split between academia and the oil and gas industry. Following completion of his Ph.D. at Stanford, Ritts went to work as an exploration geologist at Chevron before moving to his first faculty appointment at Utah State University. After six years in Utah, he moved to Indiana University to an endowed professorship.
In 2007, Ritts returned to Chevron where we worked in a series of technical and leadership roles of increasing responsibility in California and Singapore. Notably, while based in California from 2008-10, he was the liaison between Chevron and Stanford University, where he deployed an annual university partnership budget between $1 and $2 million. During a five-year posting to Singapore, Ritts was first broadly responsible for the exploration business plan from Australia to China, and then built a new organization to lead capture of new exploration opportunities across the Asia-Pacific region. Major successes included engineering a new country entry into New Zealand, entry into new basins in Australia, and expansion of Chevron’s exploration footprint to countries like Mongolia and Timor Leste.
Ritts returned to academia in 2015 as the managing director of the Stanford Natural Gas Initiative. In that capacity, he built a new cross-disciplinary center that included more than 40 Stanford research groups from five of the seven schools at Stanford and more than 18 corporate partners in the areas of energy, sustainability and development. His technical expertise is in continental tectonics, particularly in the evolution of the northern Tibetan Plateau and the assembly of the Asian continent, as well as in petroleum systems and exploration.
During his career, Ritts has worked across the globe, with particularly extensive experience throughout the Asia-Pacific region and Eurasia. He currently focuses his energy on helping to begin positive change in the organizations that he leads.
The search advisory committee and President Scott Green are pleased to announce that Brad Ritts has been selected to interview for the position of Vice President for Research and Economic Development.
The open session will be held 3 p.m. Pacific time, 4 p.m. Mountain time, Wednesday, June 17, 2020 in person (attendance limited to 40 attendees) and online via Zoom (registration is required). The recorded session (university login required) and online feedback form will be posted below and will be available until 8 a.m. Pacific time, Friday, July 3, 2020. The President invites feedback on the finalist through the online feedback form.