Jim Doolittle, a 29-year veteran of South Dakota State University, is leaving the university to become the executive director of the South Carolina EPSCoR in Columbia, South Carolina. Doolittle has held several positions at SDSU, most recently as the associate vice president for research assurance and sponsored programs.
“Dr. Doolittle has had a long and distinguished career at South Dakota State University and he will be missed, not only for professional accomplishments, but also because he is a well-respected individual who positively impacted our university, community and the state,” said Daniel Scholl, vice president of research and economic development. “This is certainly a great opportunity for Jim and we wish him all the best as he begins another chapter in his life.”
Most recently at SDSU, Doolittle led a team that assists researchers in improving the quality and competitiveness of grant applications through continuous professional development and training opportunities. He also served as one of the primary points of contact for public-private partnering agreements with the private sector.
Doolittle has also served as the director of the North Central Sun Grant Center and as the interim associate director of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station. He holds the rank of professor with the Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science.
“I have been fortunate to work with many tremendous individuals during my time at SDSU and could not be more proud of everything we accomplished together,” Doolittle said. “This is certainly a difficult decision to leave, but the opportunity I have been presented is one that will allow me to excel given my professional background. I am excited for the challenge and the opportunity to impact tremendous organizations like South Carolina EPSCoR and the South Carolina Research Authority.”
South Carolina’s EPSCoR—Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research—is located at the South Carolina Research Authority Innovation Center.
Dianne Nagy, SDSU research integrity and compliance officer, will fill Doolittle’s role on an interim basis while a search is conducted to fill the role on a permanent basis.