Fenwick, Brad

Brad Fenwick

Brad Fenwick has served as Senior Vice President-Global Strategic Alliances for Elsevier, Inc. since 2012. Elsevier is the world’s largest publisher of over 2,000 science and technology journals, 2,000 books, and dozens of databases.  With 80 offices and direct connections to universities, research centers and foundations, and governments; Elsevier’s holds a privileged position within the research and innovation enterprise.  The Elsevier SCOPUS database includes the World’s largest collection of scientific literature, and its SciVal portfolio of research analytical and decision support tools, fundamentally supports new knowledge discovery, dissemination, and application.  The Senior Vice President supports this effort by fostering strategic alliances with and between research universities and centers, foundations and government research agencies, and related associations and stakeholder, which allows the partners to be successful beyond their singular efforts. He is also a Jefferson Science Fellow, Senior Science and Technology Advisor for the U.S. Department of State-Office of Economic Policy, East Asian and Pacific Affairs USAID-Office of Science and Technology since 2011.The contribution of state-of-the-art science, technology, and engineering to the formulation and implementation of U.S. government policy, both domestic and foreign, has been recognized throughout the second half of the 20th-century as a critical element in reaching sound, comprehensive conclusions that reflect “good governance.” Without an accurate, timely understanding of rapidly advancing STE issues, it is increasingly difficult to identify and establish sound governmental policy that effectively meets the needs of modern societies.  Jefferson Fellows are a highly selected group of senior faculty who provide up-to-date expertise in the rapidly advancing science, technology, engineering and medical arenas that routinely impact the policy decisions encountered by the U.S. Department of State/USAID, each Fellow becomes conversant with the functional operation of the U.S. Department of State/USAID. In doing so, the JSF program complements and enhances the existing efforts by the permanent staff within the U.S. Department of State/USAID.

Prior to his current positions he served as Vice Chancellor, Research and Engagement for the University of Tennessee from 2007-2010. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is the State’s flagship university with an enrollment of over 27,000 students and more than 8,300 faculty and staff.  As Tennessee’s only public land-grant doctoral-level research institution, its mission is to discover, disseminate, preserve, and apply knowledge across a broad array of disciplines.  The annual operating budget is over $800 million with sponsored expenditures of over $300 million, awards from grants and contract exceeds funds provide from all other sources.  The Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement provides strategic direction and administratively directs all aspects of the basic and applied research and institutional outreach.  These areas interface with all other academic, administrative, and development areas of the university.

From 2004 to 2007 he was Vice President for Research for Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and President of Virginia tech Intellectual Properties. Virginia Tech is Virginia’s leading research and doctoral granting University.  Based in Blacksburg, the University has multiple campuses and research laboratories throughout the State and internationally.  The Vice President for Research serves as an executive officer of the University.  In facilitating and energizing the University’s research, discovery, and economic development agendas, the Vice President provides leadership in strategically defining and acting on current and emerging institutional opportunities.  This involves promoting interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary scholarship; integrating research with graduate and undergraduate education; technology transfer and economic development efforts; establishing national and international cooperative ventures; representing the university’s interests with local, state, and federal agencies and elected officials, private and public organizations, as well as with the University’s governing board; participating in fundraising and development efforts, and coordinating activities that promote participation of a broad range of individuals in educational, scholarly, and creative activity that advance the missions of the University.  Fenwick earned his Ph. D. degree from the University of California, Davis and his D.V.M., M.S. and B.S. degrees from Kansas State University.  He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a American Council on Education Fellow.