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During his eighteen years at Auburn University, Tony Ventimiglia, director of Proposal Services and Faculty Support, has had many opportunities to collaborate with colleagues from peer institutions in advancing the work of research administration. Beginning in January 2018, Ventimiglia’s platform for doing so will expand significantly, as he becomes vice president and president-elect of the National Council of University Research Administrators, or NCURA, an international professional organization with more than 7,000 members. His election to this position was recently announced in advance of NCURA’s 59th annual meeting, in Washington, D.C.

As the organization’s vice president for 2018, Ventimiglia will be responsible for organizing its 60th annual meeting, and when he takes over as president in 2019, he plans to help NCURA build stronger connections with university vice presidents for research, while also expanding the group’s global impact. In that regard, Ventimiglia already has considerable experience, having participated in NCURA delegations to both Russia and Cuba in 2016.

“Tony is the kind of person who puts 100 percent effort into everything that he does,” said Martha Taylor, Auburn’s assistant vice president for research administration. “Through focus, commitment and dedication to excellence in all things whether at home, in his work at Auburn, his commitment to our profession, or through his church, Tony helps to change the world.”

Ventimiglia noted that during his five-day visit to Moscow last November, sponsored by NCURA and the Eurasia Foundation, he participated in workshops and roundtable discussions with other American research administrators and their Russian counterparts and was “truly impressed” with the Russian education system and students he encountered. Thanks in part to the groundwork laid by Ventimiglia’s visit, along with efforts from Auburn’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and Office of International Programs, Auburn and Moscow’s State University of Railway Engineering, or MIIT, signed a joint memorandum of understanding earlier this year to promote future research collaborations and student exchange between the two universities.

Through his work with NCURA, Ventimiglia said, he hopes to help Auburn “continue to advance its global mission.”