Richard Seligman has been a university research administrator for more than fifty years. He recently retired as Associate Vice President for Research Administration at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech after more than 25 years. Prior to joining Caltech, Dr. Seligman was at UCLA for twenty-seven years in a variety of research administration positions, including Director, Office of Contract and Grant Administration.
Dick has been a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) since 1975. He has served NCURA in a variety of positions, including President and as a member of the NCURA Board of Directors. He was the Editorial Director for the NCURA publication, “Sponsored Research Administration: A Guide to Effective Strategies and Recommended Practices,” first published in 2011. In 2000, he received NCURA’s highest honor, the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research Administration. In 2017 he was awarded a medal as an NCURA Distinguished Educator.
Dick has been an active participant in the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) since its inception. He has been a member of the Executive Committee for more than 10 years and serves as Immediate Past FDP Co-Chair.
Dick earned a doctorate in higher education from UCLA in 1969. He has written on various research administration subjects, including conflict of interest, cost-sharing, and contracting with industry. Since 2016, he has served as an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Master’s Program in Research Administration at Johns Hopkins University.