Biology Professor at Trinity University Named Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

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Susie P. Gonzalez
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Nov. 22, 2011

Biology Professor at Trinity University Named Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs


Brodl is seen as 'committed to expanding research opportunities' for faculty, students


Mark Brodl, Brackenridge Distinguished Professor of BiologySAN ANTONIO - Mark R. Brodl, the George W. Brackenridge Distinguished Professor of Biology and program director for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant at Trinity University, has been named associate vice president of Academic Affairs for Budget and Research. The appointment is effective Jan. 2.

He will replace Diane Smith, who has held that position since 2004 and is returning to the classroom. Michael Fischer, vice president for Faculty and Student Affairs at Trinity, who announced both personnel moves, lauded Smith's administrative leadership. "She will continue to serve the University well when she returns to full-time teaching in the geosciences department," he said

Brodl recently completed a two-year term as a program director at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and this fall has held a leadership role developing a strategic plan for Trinity that would re-envision the University's curriculum and possibly redefine the liberal arts.

Additionally, Brodl was named a Fellow of the American Society of Plant Biologists, becoming one of the first Fellows to teach at a primarily undergraduate institution. He researches cell biology, molecular biology, and plant biology, including how cells turn off the expression of genes and how heat shock affects normal protein synthesis of barley cells.

At Trinity, he was instrumental in developing and promoting neuroscience as a major, a field that has seen growing student interest. 

"Dr. Brodl is committed to expanding research opportunities for faculty and students across campus," Fischer said. "He has played a key role in obtaining significant external funding to support research and teaching at Trinity, including major grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Keck Foundation."

Fischer said Brodl's experience at the NSF further prepared him to develop innovative proposals, collaborate with faculty members, and manage complex budgets.

In his administrative position, Brodl will oversee capital improvement requests, capital equipment requests, start-up funds, cost-sharing funds, sponsored research, support for student research, and assessment. He also will coordinate the Stieren Arts Enrichment Series, the Distinguished Scientists Lecture Series, and the DeCoursey Lecture Series, among other oversight duties.