OVPR Welcomes Craig Moehnke, Ph.D., as AVP for Research Facilities

June 28, 2019
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Dr. Craig Moehnke

Craig Moehnke, Ph.D., has recently been named Assistant Vice Provost for Research Facilities. Having previously served as Director of Baylor Sciences Building (BSB) for six years and as an employee of the College of Arts & Sciences (A&S) for 14 years, Moehnke brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Texas Lutheran University and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Baylor University. He has worked closely with A&S science departments in areas of instrumentation, lab design, lab renovation, and space planning, and has overseen the day-to-day operations of more than 140 research and teaching labs and four core research facilities housed within BSB.

In his new role, Moehnke will be responsible for oversight and management of research space at a university level. He will work closely with Baylor leadership, the Facilities and Operations group, and deans and faculty in all schools and colleges on research space planning, research space utilization, research lab design and construction/renovation projects. He will also be tasked with identification and development of new university core facilities that provide Baylor students, faculty, and staff with cutting-edge research technology.

Chris Becker, Ph.D., has been promoted to Director of BSB. Employed by Baylor for 11 years, Chris has been the Assistant Director of BSB for five years, and he also serves as Director of the University’s mass spectrometry core facility.

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Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 17,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.


The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) assists faculty members from all academic units in identifying, obtaining and managing the funding needed to support their research and scholarship. Internal 'seed' funding, matching grant proposal funding, searchable online funding databases, grant writing seminars, proposal support and travel awards to national funding agencies are only a portion of what is provided by the various units comprising the OVPR. Additionally, the Vice Provost for Research oversees the ethical conduct of research and assists researchers in maintaining compliance with applicable policies, laws and regulations as well as providing support in establishing interdisciplinary / international collaborations and industry partnerships.

The OVPR acts as Baylor's representative in pursuing partnerships and collaborative agreements with entities outside the university. The office negotiates sponsored research agreements with industry on behalf of faculty and pursues research, technology transfer and the commercialization of technology. The OVPR welcomes the opportunity to discuss collaborative research and scholarship pursuits that can advance the academic mission of Baylor University to achieve R1/T1 status.

The OVPR also manages and operates the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC), a three-story, 330,000-square-foot facility focused on interdisciplinary/international research, industry/university collaborations, business incubation/acceleration/commercialization, advanced workforce training and STEM educational research and outreach.

For more information, please visit: www.baylor.edu/research or www.baylor.edu/bric.