Dr. G. Dale Wesson Appointed SC State's Vice President for the Division of Research

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

SC State University announces that Dr. G. Dale Wesson has been selected to serve as the vice president for the Division of Research, Economic Development, and Public Service Activities.

Dr. Wesson joined the SC State family on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009.

“We welcome Dr. Wesson to SC State,” said Dr. George E. Cooper. “His academic credentials and professional experience will serve the University well, as we plan for the future of research at SC State,” he continued.

At SC State, Dr. Wesson will provide leadership and coordination in the development, implementation, operation, and assessment of programs that support creative scholarship. He will also provide support for innovative academic programs, extension/community service and sponsored research throughout the University. Also, Wesson will be responsible for ensuring that the University’s academic, research, extension, community outreach and economic development activities are administered in accordance with relevant State and Federal policies, rules and regulations with a view toward maximizing all available state and federal resources to support the University’s mission.

Further, Wesson will maintain communications with funding agencies and partnership organizations; engage University administrators, faculty and staff on trends and factors affecting faculty competitiveness for extramural funding; interpret, implement and monitor federal, state, local, commercial and non-profit agency policies and regulations governing grant and contract management; provide leadership in garnering funding and support for disciplinary and multi-disciplinary activities through grants and contracts, consistent with the land grant mission; and develop and implement policies and procedures for proposal submission, negotiation of contracts, grants and awards, in conduct of sponsored activities.

"I would like to thank Dr. Cooper for the opportunity serve South Carolina State University in this capacity,” said Dr. Wesson.  “I am very excited about the opportunity to engage SC State's already active and talented faculty, students and staff in increasing research, discovery, technology transfer and extension, which will be of great benefit to the state of South Carolina and the nation, he continued"

Prior to joining SC State, Wesson served as the associate vice president of Research at Florida A&M University (FAMU). From June 2008 through May 2009, he served as the interim vice president for Research at Florida A&M University.

At FAMU, Wesson was responsible for managing the research enterprise of the university, with expenditures of approximately $48 million annually, and consisting of the Office of Sponsored Programs, responsible for the acquisition and management of the university research effort; the Office of Technology Transfer and research Integrity, which managed the transfer and protection of university technology; and, the Office of Animal Welfare and Research Integrity, which maintained the research animal facilities while ensuring the integrity of research being conducted at the university.

During his tenure as interim vice president for Research, the United States Federal Government awarded FAMU $12.4 million for defense research projects. This is the direct result of the collaborative efforts of the Florida State Legislature, FAMU lobbyists and the FAMU Division of Research. As a result, FAMU received more research dollars in this appropriation than any other university in the State University System of Florida.

Also during his tenure as interim vice president for Research, the division addressed the following:

  • Consistent and proper allocation of release time dollars. This required the development of a "SWAT" team of personnel that located the sources of the problem and implemented the proper tracking and monitoring that enabled the university to properly charge awards salary that is often mistakenly charged to the University account.
  • The return of Indirect Costs (IDe) funds to Principle Investigators. This effort returned 5% of the indirect cost funds from each of the fiscal years 05-06 and 06-07 to the principle investigators. The focus of this effort was to reward and encourage the efforts of the principle investigators. The faculty enthusiastically received this announcement since IDC had not been returned for the previous two fiscal years.
  • Establishment of "Researcher of the Year" awards. Funds were allocated to acknowledge researchers within the university.
  • Establishment of "Seed Funds" for early career researchers. Funds were allocated to the Graduate School to distribute ten awards to researchers early in their career.

Wesson is a registered professional engineer with nearly 10 years of industrial experience, most of which was gained while a senior production engineer at the Dow Chemical Company. While at Dow, he was responsible for the production of Dow Chemical's Heat Transfer Fluids plant in Midland, MI -a total production of 10 million pounds of product per year and a yearly operating budget of over $15 million dollars.

Further, Wesson has established professional relationships with influential persons in the United States Governmental agencies, industry, and academia. Wesson continues to develop these relationships by serving on the board of the Florida Research Consortium, the advisory board for the United States Air Force Research Laboratory research panel, the National Organization of Black Chemist and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) executive board planning committee, the National Science Foundation (NSF) review panels, and as a consultant for the United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation.

Wesson has more than 50 combined journal publications and technical presentations, with current research in the area of computational fluid dynamics with a special emphasis on modeling blood flow in the coronary arteries and other anatomic bifurcations.

Wesson received his bachelor of science degree from Illinois Institute of Technology, his masters of science degree from Georgia Tech and his Ph.D. from Michigan State University.