Governance & Board

"To compete in an increasingly globalized economy, America must leverage the resources of the entire nation to develop cutting-edge research and new technologies.  EPSCoR states represent a unique opportunity to accelerate innovative development in STEM education, medicine, biotechnology, engineering, and other applied sciences.  EPSCoR research serves as an economic engine driving high technology business creation for high value jobs in the EPSCoR states and the nation."

--Chris Lawson, Ph.D., EPSCoR/IDeA Coalition Interim Chairman

Elected Officers

The leadership of the EPSCoR/IDeA Coalition of States consists of a Chair, a Vice- Chair, a Secretary and Treasurer. Dr. Chris Lawson from the University of Alabama at Birmingham serves as Chairman of the Board.  Dr. Jerry Malayer from the University of Oklahoma serves as Treasurer and Dr. Jan Nisbet from the University of New Hampshire serves as Secretary.

EIC Board

The EIC is governed by a Board of Directors, comprised of Chancellors, Vice Presidents of Research, and internationally recognized scientists. The Board is responsible for all affairs of the Coalition—from approving all major advocacy initiatives, policies, and implementing the operating plans of the organization. Board members serve a two or three year term, and meet approximately six times per year.


Board Chair

Chris Lawson, Ph.D. University of Alabama at Birmingham

Board Vice-Chair


Jerry Malayer, Ph.D. Oklahoma State University
David Shaw, Ph.D. Mississippi State University


Jan Nisbet, Ph.D. University of New Hampshire

Board Members

Jack Carpenter President, Kicking Stones Consulting, Inc.
Mridul Gautam, Ph.D. University of Nevada - Reno
Larry Hinzman, Ph.D. University of Alaska - Fairbanks
Keith Hudson Ph.D. University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Richard Larson, Ph.D. University of New Mexico
Prakash Nagarkatti, Ph.D. University of South Carolina
Renee Reijo Pera, Ph.D. Montana State University
Charlie Riordan, Ph.D. University of Delaware
Mel Ustad State of South Dakota
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