Former Hawkeye basketball player tabbed university’s Chief Innovation Officer

Former Hawkeye basketball player tabbed university’s Chief Innovation Officer
Podhajsky
11/08/18

A former Iowa basketball player has been tabbed to take over a newly-created position at the university.

Officials have announced John Darsee has been named the new Chief Innovation Officer, a role created when President Bruce Harreld decided earlier this year to split the duties of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.

Darsee, who was officially appointed to the role last month, played on the basketball team from 1979-1982. More recently, he has served as a part-time economic development consultant for the UI for the last year, previously working with San Francisco-based iRhythm, a bio-technology company.

In his new role, he’ll lead the research commercialization and economic development activities of the UI in an effort to enhance the entire state’s economy.

The university is still searching for a new Vice President for Research, forming a search committee in June. John Keller, dean of the Graduate College, is serving in that role on an interim basis. A timeline for making a permanent hire has not been released.

The university has been without a full-time employee in the position since Dan Reed left in September 2017 due to what he called “a health event.” He’s since taken a position at the University of Utah.