Deborah Crawford is the Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UT). Deborah previously served as vice president for research, innovation and economic impact at George Mason University, president and executive director of the International Computer Science Institute, a not-for-profit research institution in Berkeley, California, and senior vice provost for research at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She worked at the National Science Foundation (NSF) for 17 years, where she held a number of executive leadership positions and where she served as the agency’s liaison to the National Science and Technology Council, the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Institutes of Health. Her leadership contributions at NSF were recognized twice with Presidential Rank Awards.
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