David Smelser, assistant director of sponsored programs in UT’s Office of Research and Engagement, has been elected to the board for Region III of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA). In this role, Smelser will inform the region membership of pertinent information from the National Organization, and serve on the Region III Executive Committee in an advisory capacity.
NCURA, founded in 1959, is a non-profit professional society dedicated to advancing the profession of research administration through education and professional development programs, the sharing of knowledge and experiences, and the fostering of a diverse, collegial, and respected global community. With over 7,500 members from over 1,100 colleges, universities, teaching hospitals, and research institutes in 40 countries, NCURA is actively involved in furthering communication and understanding between research administrators both within and outside the United States. NCURA’s purpose is to serve all members by advancing expertise in the profession of research administration.