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Lisa Berreau Named Assoc. VP for Research and Assoc. Dean of Grad Studies

Lisa Berreau

Lisa Berreau has been named associate vice president for research and associate dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Utah State University. Berreau will transition from her current position as executive associate dean in USU’s College of Science into her new role on July 1 and will remain a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Berreau received her bachelor’s in chemistry from Mankato State University and her doctorate in inorganic chemistry from Iowa State University. Before coming to Utah State in 1998, she was an NIH postdoctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota, studying copper-dioxygen chemistry. Her current research focuses on light-induced carbon monoxide releasing molecules and mechanistic studies of carbon-carbon bond cleavage reactions of relevance to biology and catalysis.

“I am excited to contribute to advancing the research and graduate mission of Utah State University,” said Berreau.

Berreau’s research is internationally recognized; she has 76 peer-reviewed research publications, more than $3.0 million in sponsored research funding, and was recently awarded a patent for carbon monoxide-releasing molecules that could be used in medical applications. She has given more than 20 invited conference lectures, and nearly 40 invited university lectures, across the country and around the world.  Berreau was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2016.  She is also currently in her second three-year elected term as the national treasurer for the American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry.

“The applicant pool for the Associate VPR & Dean position was very strong, but Lisa stood out,” said Richard Inouye, associate vice president for research and associate dean of graduate studies, who served as chair of the search committee. “Her substantial administrative experience and her strong research record made her the best choice for this position.”

In her new position, Berreau will report directly to Mark McLellan, the vice president for research and dean of the School of Graduate Studies. She will be responsible for helping execute the vice president and dean’s vision to grow and develop USU’s research portfolio and graduate programs.

“Lisa is bringing with her a great attitude and some fresh ideas, and we look forward to seeing what she will do to grow the office,” said McLellan.

Berreau was preceded in this position by Jeff Broadbent, who was with Utah State almost 26 years. Throughout that time, he was a faculty member in the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Sciences. He has spent the past 12 years with the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, in addition to his faculty role within NDFS.

As associate vice president and associate dean in RGS, Broadbent established the Proposal Development/Research Development Office in 2008 to assist USU researchers in developing more competitive proposals for submission to external sponsors. He also instituted the Seed Grant Program, allowing faculty to do the same with the aid of internal grants. Broadbent also worked on the development of the USU Safety Committee and helped oversee the merging of the Research Office and the School of Graduate Studies in 2011.

“Working in Research and Graduate Studies was an incredibly rewarding experience,” Broadbent said. “The office is a place where you can make real - and very positive - change to help students and faculty.”

Broadbent retired from the university in March to help oversee development of technology based off his research for Lactic Solutions LLC, a company he co-founded and which was acquired late last year by Lallemand, Inc.  

“Jeff has been an invaluable asset to our team and has made a significant impact on this university,” said McLellan. “We will miss him dearly and wish him success and joy in his future endeavors.”

As the new senior director of research and development for the Lactic Solutions project, Broadbent will continue to develop genetically modified lactic acid bacteria products to supplement the biofuels industry. 

“Utah State University has been my home for a very long time,” said Broadbent. “I’ve experienced it as an undergraduate student, as a graduate student, as a faculty member, and as a senior research administrator.  I’ve loved it, and I will miss it.”

The mission of USU’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies is to facilitate a culture of excellence in research, scholarship and creative activity that spans the lifecycle of faculty and students through operational, training, funding and compliance support.
Contact: Lisa Berreau,
Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies | Mark McLellan,
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