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Camper appointed MSU's interim vice president for research, creativity and technology transfer

May 30, 2013 -- MSU News Service

Longtime MSU faculty member and administrator Anne Camper will assume the position of interim vice president for research, creativity and technology transfer at MSU on July 1. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.   High-Res Available

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Longtime Montana State University faculty member and administrator Anne Camper has been named the university’s interim vice president for research, creativity and technology transfer, university officials announced Thursday. She will assume her duties on July 1.

“As a faculty member, researcher and administrator, Dr. Camper thoroughly understands MSU’s research enterprise, and she is well-positioned to continue to advance it. She is well respected in the research community, has enormous experience and a track record of success,” said MSU President Waded Cruzado.

Camper will succeed Tom McCoy, who has been named vice president for research and economic development at the University of North Texas in Denton.

“Dr. McCoy leaves a tremendous legacy of service to Montana State University and a track record of sustained research growth for our campus,” Camper said. “I wish him all the best as he pursues new opportunities, and I am humbled and honored to be selected to serve in this position.”

Camper has a doctorate in civil engineering and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in microbiology, all from MSU. She began her career as a faculty member at the MSU College of Engineering in 1995. In 2001, she was named associate dean for research and graduate education in the College of Engineering. Camper has been involved with the Center for Biofilm Engineering at MSU since its inception in 1986.

Her research interests are in biofilm growth and control in drinking and industrial water systems; the fate, transport and survival of pathogens in biofilm systems; and the physiology of biofilm bacteria. She has been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on nearly 50 grants related to drinking water treatment or distribution. She also is involved in research investigating the relationship between water quality and health with community members on Montana’s Crow Reservation.

Camper has received research funding from industry, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Army Research Office, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, the American Water Works Association Research Foundation, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 2002, she received MSU’s Wiley Faculty Award for Meritorious Research.

MSU’s vice president for research, creativity and technology transfer is responsible for MSU's $100 million-plus research enterprise. The vice president also oversees the Office of Sponsored Programs and the Technology Transfer Office.

MSU is among the nation's top tier of research universities, as recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The Foundation has ranked MSU as one of 108 research universities with "very high research activity." Annual research expenditures at MSU rose to a record $112.3 million in 2012.

Contact: Tracy Ellig, executive director, University Communications, (406) 994-5607 or