Interim Vice President for Research and Economic Development
Brad Ritts is the Interim Vice President for Research and Economic Development at the University of Idaho where he is broadly responsible for the university-wide research enterprise and focuses on increasing the scope and quality of research and developing strategic partnerships. Prior to moving to Idaho in 2018, Ritts developed and directed a university-wide research center at Stanford University focused on energy and development, an effort that involved a wide range of global partners from industry, governments, foundations and academia. These academic leadership positions followed a technical and leadership career in the oil and gas industry with Chevron Corporation that included progressive responsibility for business success in both operating company and technology company settings in California and Singapore. Ritts began his academic career on the faculties of Utah State University and Indiana University where his research focused on continental tectonics and petroleum systems. Ritts earned a Ph.D. in Geological and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University.