Stough Named Vice President for Research

Posted: July 1, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Roger Stough
Roger Stough
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Provost Peters Stearns announced that Roger Stough, associate dean for research, development and external relations in the School of Public Policy, as well as Northern Virginia Chair in Local Government, has been named vice president for research and economic development, effective July 1, 2008.

“Dr. Stough brings a wealth of experience to this position, a crucial one for the university, and I look forward to working with him. I am grateful for his willingness to serve,” Stearns said in making the announcement.

With the School of Public Policy, Stough has also worn hats as director of the Mason Enterprise Center and director of the National Center for ITS Deployment Research. His primary areas of expertise are regional economic development analysis and policy, transportation analysis and policy, entrepreneurship and regional economic development.

Stough, who joined Mason in 1990, is the principal investigator on numerous grants and contracts that have totaled more than $50,000,000 from various agencies including the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Research and Special Projects Administration (USDOT), the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration, the National Technology Information Administration, NASA, U.S. Department of Justice, Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology, the National Science Foundation and numerous state and local agencies.

The new vice president has had extensive research and consulting experience nationally and internationally; participated in technology policy seminars and university programs and published widely in Asia, Europe and North America; and established diverse student and faculty research exchange programs with universities and research laboratories in Asia, Europe and Australia. He has also founded and directed several degree programs — from the undergraduate to the doctoral level — and several research centers.

In addition to his career at Mason, Stough has held positions at Indiana University and the College of Charleston. He has taught at several other universities, including the University of South Carolina, Johns Hopkins University, and Leiden and Erasmus Universities in the Netherlands.

His writing portfolio is voluminous and includes several hundred scholarly and professional publications, more than a dozen books and nearly 100 journal articles. He also edits two journals.

He has extensive experience working with the local, state, regional and national communities and international groups. He chairs a number of task forces and advises a wide range of external programs and university policy boards.

Stough has a BS in international trade and economics from Ohio State University, an MA in economic geography from the University of South Carolina and a PhD in geography and environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

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