Wetherholt named director of grants and sponsored programs at Columbus State University

Columbus State University has hired a new director of grants and sponsored programs to sustain a record growth in its extramural funding.

Michael Wetherholt will start on October 17, coming from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky where he is the director of sponsored programs.

Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Inessa Levi, the new director of grants and sponsored programs will promote and facilitate awards of externally funded grants and contracts to support education activities, research, creative activities, and public service.  Wetherholt will provide support to the university community to enhance the growth of the portfolio of external funds and work with campus constituencies and external funding agencies to identify targets of opportunity for external funding that meet the university’s goals and priorities.

“Last year, Columbus State University experienced phenomenal growth in external funding thanks to the dedication of our faculty,” said Levi.  “We received $4 million in grants and contracts during the 2010 fiscal year, which was more than three times the total we received in the 2009 fiscal year.  With our state-funded allocations shrinking from more than 53% in 2009 to around 36% or less this year, our work to increase extramural funding to support the university’s missions and goals for our service region is more critical than ever.  I am delighted that Mr. Wetherholt will join us to take the lead in sustaining the growth of our external funding.  Through his work to identify funding opportunities, write and edit grants, and train faculty and staff on grant development, he has helped Murray State University significantly and consistently increase its extramural income for the past decade. I look forward to working with him to achieve similar successes here at Columbus State University.”

Wetherholt holds an MBA from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, and is a doctoral candidate in Indiana State University’s higher education leadership program.  He has also been the grants program manager for the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health in Charleston and the assistant director of research grants and contracts at Morehead State University.