Research Leadership

Cynthia Sagers

Vice President, Research

Dr. Sagers is vice president for research at Arizona State University with research expertise in evolutionary ecology and population biology. She completed a Ph.D. at the University of Utah and was a post-doctoral fellow at UC Berkeley before assuming a faculty position in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Arkansas. She received additional training as a fellow of the National Science Foundation and Smithsonian Institution working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama, and as a research associate from the National Research Council working at the US Environmental Protection Agency, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Lab (NHEERL), Oregon. As a scientist, she secured additional programmatic support for research from the US EPA, National Science Foundation, US Department of Agriculture, and US Department of Energy. Before joining Arizona State University in 2018, she held leadership roles in research administration with the National Science Foundation, University of Arkansas, and Oregon State University.

Dr. Sagers sets strategic direction for ASU’s research enterprise and works to expand its impacts on the state and nation. Her distinguished record of administering research includes broad experience dealing with funding agencies, policy makers, commercial enterprises and the industrial/business sector. She has proven management experience in education, research, strategy development, budget administration, public relations, policy formulation, program implementation, and personnel management. Throughout her decades-long academic career, she has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills with the ability to create and sustain large, interdisciplinary collaborations at home and abroad.