Dr. Barry L. Burks has been named Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.
Dr. Burks has been the associate director of the Charlotte Research Institute at the University of North Carolina Charlotte since 2007. His focus there has been on the growth of the university’s research and research infrastructure and strengthening relationships between the UNC Charlotte research enterprise and the business community in North Carolina as well as national and international businesses.
He has a Ph.D. in experimental nuclear physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also holds a M.S. in nuclear physics from UNC-Chapel Hill and a B.S. in physics and mathematics from Lynchburg College.
Before joining UNCC, Dr. Burks was president of TPG Applied Technology of Knoxville, Tennessee, a company that he co-founded in 1997. TPG specialized in the design, fabrication, installation and operation of equipment for nuclear facilities and design and construction services for classified/high security facilities and commercial facilities requiring high quality standards.
He spent 14 years in a variety of positions at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and taught physics at UNC-CH and Guilford College.
Dr. Burks succeeds Dr. Celestine A. Ntuen, who has served as interim vice chancellor for two and half years since the retirement of Dr. N. Radhakrishnan. Dr. Ntuen will return to the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, where he is a Distinguished University Professor.
At N.C. A&T, Dr. Burks will manage the growth and administration of the university’s $60 million a year research enterprise. The Division of Research and Economic Development includes the Office of Outreach and Economic Development, Office of Research Compliance and Ethics, Office of Research Services, and Office of Sponsored Programs. He also will serve as a member the Cabinet of Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr.