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Dr. Paul Hunt

Paul Hunt, professor in the Department of Chemistry and senior vice president of Research and Graduate Studies at Michigan State University, joined the faculty in 1979, after a National Science Foundation National Needs Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard University. His research has focused on chemical scattering theory and non-equilibrium thermodynamics.

In 1985, he began his administrative role at Michigan State University in information technology, culminating in six years of service as Vice Provost for Libraries, Computing and Technology. He was named associate vice president for research in 2001 and senior associate vice president for Research and Graduate Studies in 2009.

Administratively, he now oversees:

  • the MSU St. Andrews Facility in Midland, including its STEM Education and scientific research components;
  • the MSU Bioeconomy Institute in Lansing and Holland, Michigan;
  • the MSU Press;
  • MSU export controls and trade sanctions compliance;
  • MSU use of drone aircraft; and
  • the MSU research administration software development project.

He served for fifteen years on the board of directors of the MERIT Network, Inc., including four as chairperson. MERIT is a nonprofit corporation charged with promoting computer networking in Michigan and beyond. He currently represents Michigan State University on the board of directors of the Southern Astrophysical Research Telescope (SOAR), located in Chile.

He earned bachelor’s degrees from Michigan State University in mathematics and chemistry, and a doctorate in theoretical chemistry from Oxford University, where he held a Rhodes Scholarship.