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Research Intensive Committee (RIC)

The APLU Board of Directors established the Committee of Research Intensive Public Universities (RIC) in June 2013 to advise the association on issues and concerns of particular interest to research intensive public universities. Advice from the RIC augments the activities that APLU undertakes such as lobbying for federal research funding, indirect cost recovery, public access for publications, and commercialization of technology.

The RIC is composed of individual chancellors and presidents; it is not a committee of institutions. The presidents/chancellors on the committee are from research intensive public universities. The APLU Executive Committee, with the advice of the President of APLU, determines the membership of the committee. 

The committee has a chair and a vice chair, who each serve two-year terms. The committee is composed of 15 presidents/chancellors who serve staggered two-year terms with a possible two year renewal. In addition to the RIC membership, the ex officio members are the Chair of the APLU board, the immediate past Chair of APLU board, the Chair of APLU Council of Research (research vice presidents), and the Chair of the APLU Council of Academic Affairs (provosts).

The RIC is an advisory committee, not an operational one. The committee’s advice on a problem does not replace seeking advice from the full membership as appropriate.

The committee meets twice a year in connection with meetings of the Council of Presidents, once in the summer and once at the APLU Annual Meeting.

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RIC Membership

  • Samuel Stanley, President, Stony Brook University, SUNY (Chair)
  • Ruth Watkins, President, The University of Utah (Vice Chair)
  • Eric Barron, President, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Gregory L. Fenves, President, University of Texas at Austin
  • Tony Frank, President, Colorado State University and Chancellor, Colorado State University System
  • W. Kent Fuchs, President, University of Florida
  • Gary May, Chancellor, University of California, Davis
  • Jere Morehead, President, The University of Georgia
  • Havidán Rodríguez, President, University of Albany, SUNY
  • Timothy Sands, President, Virginia Tech
  • Michael H. Schill, President, University of Oregon
  • Satish Tripathi, President, University at Buffalo, SUNY
  • Wendy Wintersteen, President, Iowa State University


Ex-officio members of RIC (given their APLU Board roles):

  • Sandra Brown, Vice Chancellor for Research and Distinguished Professor, UC San Diego, Chair of the APLU Council of Research (vice presidents of research)
  • Robert Caret, Chancellor, University System of Maryland, past-Chair of the APLU Board of Directors
  • Michael Drake, President, The Ohio State University, Chair of the APLU Board of Directors
  • Rick Miranda, Provost and Executive Vice President, Colorado State University, Designated representative of the APLU Council of Academic Affairs (provosts

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