Pierce named interim head of UofL research
William Pierce, University of Louisville vice provost for graduate affairs and interim dean of the School of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies, has been named the university’s acting executive vice president for research effective Sept. 1.
A professor of pharmacology and toxicology with a joint appointment in chemistry, Pierce conducts osteoporosis research. He also heads Pradama Inc., a start-up company working to develop new treatments for bone disease.
Previously, he was special assistant to the provost for strategic planning, served on the UofL Athletic Board and chaired the university’s Faculty Senate twice, also serving as a trustee in the latter post.
Pierce, who has received two UofL distinguished faculty awards, holds a doctoral degree in pharmacology and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from UofL. He was a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University.
“Bill is one of the most dedicated university servants I know,” said UofL President James Ramsey. “Not only is he closely familiar with research, but he has a broad understanding of many different aspects of the university that will be enormously helpful as he undertakes this new assignment.”
Pierce succeeds Manuel Martinez-Maldonado, 71, who resigned from the post earlier this month for health reasons and to spend more time with his family.
Replacing Pierce as interim dean of graduate and interdisciplinary studies is Beth Boehm, an English professor who now is associate dean for academic affairs in that office. Boehm also served two years as UofL Faculty Senate chair and trustee and has twice won distinguished faculty awards.