Jason Carter

MSU vice president of research Jason Carter

Montana State University announced Monday it has chosen Jason Carter to be its new vice president of research, economic development and graduate education.

Carter, currently the associate vice president for research at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan, was chosen after a national search. He will begin his duties at MSU on Sept. 3.

“We had a superb pool of finalists and Dr. Carter rose to the top with his energy, enthusiasm and vision,” said MSU President Waded Cruzado. “Dr. Carter has a proven record of research in the laboratory and also understands how to run a major research enterprise. We’re very excited to have him join the MSU team.”

Carter has worked in Michigan Tech’s research office since 2016, first as an assistant to the vice president for research and then as associate vice president. He has also served as associate dean for the College of Sciences and Arts and terms as chair of both the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology as well as the Department of Exercise Science, Health and Physical Education.

“I am thrilled to be joining Montana State University,” said Carter. “The commitment to research and creative scholarship across all sectors of campus is impressive, and it is clear why MSU is a Carnegie top-tier research university. I am excited to work with faculty, students and others to advance MSU’s research and scholarly endeavors, economic development and graduate education to positively impact the state of Montana and beyond.”

As MSU’s vice president of research, economic development and graduate education, Carter will oversee the state’s largest research enterprise with more than $130 million in annual expenditures. The office also manages the transfer of university research into the commercial sector and the integration of graduate students into the university research mission.

In January, MSU was designated a university with “very high” research activity under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. MSU is one of 130 universities nationwide — out of 4,338 U.S. higher education institutions — to be included in this category. And of those, MSU and the University of California at Santa Cruz are the only two universities whose Carnegie enrollment profile is “very high undergraduate.”

Carter earned his bachelor’s degree and doctorate in biological sciences from Michigan Technological University. His current research focuses on the impact of sleep deprivation, insomnia and sleep apnea on blood pressure and the nervous system. During his career, he has published more than 70 peer-reviewed papers on his research and secured more than $8.5 million in research funding. He is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology, a fellow of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Council on Research, a councilor of the American Physiological Society, past-president of the American Kinesiology Association and a current member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Physiology.

Carter will succeed Renee Reijo Pera, who left MSU this summer to become the vice president of research and economic development at Cal Poly.

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