Research Corporation for Science Advancement has selected Dr. Daniel J. Linzer as its next President and CEO, effective on October 1, 2017.
Dr. Linzer is currently the Provost of Northwestern University, a role he has held for nearly a decade. Prior to his appointment as Provost, he served as both Associate Dean and Dean of the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern, the University's largest constituent school.
During Linzer’s tenure as provost, Northwestern made significant strides in all academic areas, including major advances in biomedical research, engineering, the arts, and the humanities. He hired seven of the University’s 12 school deans, and he was involved in attracting and retaining many of Northwestern’s top faculty members while increasing the size of the faculty overall.
Further, Linzer spearheaded Northwestern’s strategic planning from 2009 to 2011, which resulted in the University’s strategic plan, Northwestern Will. The plan’s four pillars serve as guideposts for the University’s future development as well as the foundation of the institution’s $3.75 billion fundraising campaign.
A biochemist by training, Linzer has conducted pioneering research on the molecular basis of hormone action and holds his professorship in molecular biosciences. Linzer graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University in 1976. He later earned a Ph.D. in Biochemical Sciences from Princeton University in 1980 and a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellowship at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
He has received the Searle Scholars Award, the American Cancer Society Faculty Research Award and the Northwestern Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award, among many other honors.
John Muckle led this search with Joseph Keller and César Monarrez.