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Warner Named Director of Research Development Team

Tokesha WarnerTokesha Warner has been named director of the Research Development Team in the Office of Research and Engagement, effective November 30.

Warner was most recently at the University of Georgia where she managed the GrantSMART Office for Proposal Development in the Office of the Vice President for Research. In that role, she was responsible for launching, managing and expanding research development functions in a central unit to support large, complex proposals for research and training across the university.

“It is an honor and privilege to join the Office of Research and Engagement’s Research Development Team,” said Warner. “I eagerly anticipate partnering with faculty and UT leadership to maximize funding opportunities and build on the progressive momentum underway.”

While at UGA, Warner assisted faculty teams with securing a Department of Education NRC/FLAS award and a National Research Traineeship award from the National Science Foundation, worth a combined total of $4.8 million.

Prior to her position at UGA, she spent 16 years at Vanderbilt University and Medical Center in Nashville in positions of progressive administrative, operational, and programmatic experience.

“I am excited to welcome Tokesha to the ORE team,” said Janet Nelson, associate vice chancellor for research development. “I am confident that her broad expertise in research development in an academic setting is an excellent match for this position. She will be an immediate asset to the Research Development Team.”

The Research Development Team helps faculty form competitive research teams and collaborations to identify and pursue large strategic opportunities. The RDT is focused on increasing the number of major awards by facilitating formation of faculty research teams and leveraging our campus research strengths and partnerships.

Warner earned a bachelor’s degree in physical anthropology from Earlham College in Richmond, IN, and a Master of Healthcare Administration from Bellevue University, Bellevue, NE. She is a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA), and the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP).