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UAPB professor hired for new role

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has hired a vice chancellor for research, innovation and economic development.

Mansour Mortazavi, a physics professor who has worked at the university since 1992, will take on the new role. He is replacing Mary Benjamin, who recently retired, and will earn $120,000 annually, UAPB said.

Mortazavi holds an undergraduate degree in physics with a minor in mathematics from the University of Tabriz in Iran and a doctorate in theoretical and experimental quantum optics from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He has conducted research that led to "a prolific publication record" and countless grants, the university said in a news release.

Mortazavi said in a prepared statement that he plans to give new direction to research, increase the number of grant awards and collaborations, and possibly start new degree programs in nanoscience and biotechnology.

Mortazavi is the latest administrative hire for the university. Other recent hires include Robert Carr, the vice chancellor for academic affairs who is earning $160,000 annually, and Marla Mayberry, the vice chancellor for institutional advancement, who is earning $130,000 annually.

Metro on 10/12/2017

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