Newswise — Dr. William E. Campbell, former Director of Grants & Research at the University of Wisconsin- River Falls, has been elected to serve as the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) President-elect for the 2010-2011 year. CUR, with its nearly 600 institutional members and more than 5000 individual members, supports faculty development for high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship.

As a longtime CUR member and volunteer Campbell has played a pivotal role in the organization’s success. In addition to facilitating institutes, presenting at CUR conferences, and assisting the National Office with grant proposal writing he has been elected as a Councilor, chaired the Finance Committee, and served as CUR’s Treasurer. Campbell said, “my aims for the organization are to broaden the range of our voice and increase its volume; to bring our message to more institutions of all types, nationally and internationally; and to continue to influence the higher education community and those who fund it on behalf of undergraduate research. I will work diligently with CUR’s members, Councilors, Division Chairs, and the National Office to achieve those goals.”

Last month, at the close of the 2010 National Conference, Dr. Campbell began a one year term as CUR President-elect, which will be followed by a year as President and a year as Past-President.

Dr. William E. Campbell holds a BA (Kenyon College) and MA and PhD (Washington University), all in philosophy. He taught philosophy for some years at several institutions in the Midwest before turning to administration, first as Director of a Student Support Services project at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, then as Director of Academic Support and Honors Programs at the University of Minnesota, Morris. For the past 20 years, he has served as Director of Grants & Research at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

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