As vice president for research, Cynthia Sagers oversees research development activities; growing the university’s proposals, awards and expenditures; and guiding specialized research development projects.
Sagers’ wealth of experience positions her to advance ASU’s research enterprise. While serving as vice president for research at Oregon State University, Sagers oversaw a research revenue increase of 55 percent. Previously, she aided the University of Arkansas’ research efforts as associate VPR.
She also served as a senior research associate with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and as program officer for the National Science Foundation’s Office of International Science and Engineering and Division of Environmental Biology.
She holds two bachelor’s degrees in biological sciences from the University of Iowa and a PhD from the University of Utah in ecology and evolutionary biology. In addition to her responsibilities as vice president of research, Sagers is also a professor in ASU’s College of Integrative Sciences and Arts.