Trevecca appoints Dr. Todd Gary to lead research and community development

Trevecca Nazarene University is pleased to announce the recent hire of Dr. Todd Gary, as the associate vice president of research and community development.

In the newly created role, Gary’s work will focus on expanding mutually beneficial community partnerships and generate opportunities for research grants, faculty engagement, sponsorships, internships and student employment. Gary serves within the Office of External Relations and began his work at Trevecca on August 1.

“Todd’s arrival at Trevecca signals an intentional step toward broadening the University’s connection points with the Nashville-area community,” said Peg Cooning, Trevecca’s vice president for external relations. “Like Nashville, Trevecca has benefitted from unprecedented growth during recent years. Todd’s deep connections and extensive experience forming business-university partnerships will help guide our efforts that ultimately enhance our students’ educational experience through research and business connections.”

Gary, a 1984 graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University, says his involvement in biology research as an undergraduate at Point Loma was instrumental to his success in Vanderbilt University’s doctoral program in molecular biology.

He is excited to join the Trevecca community.

“This is a marvelous time to be a part of the Trevecca community,” Gary said. “The University is located next to the business hub of downtown Nashville and is attracting large numbers of students. Last year, Trevecca saw a 30 percent growth in enrolled students. I see tremendous opportunities to help locate partners and funders to support the work of the heroes on campus who have been engaging students in scholarly and creative endeavors. Trevecca’s focus on education, science, business, social justice, urban farming, and healthcare addresses many challenges in society."

In 2016, Gary served as a visiting scholar at WPC Healthcare in Brentwood, Tenn., where he supported artificial intelligence research in hospital emergency rooms to detect patients at risk of sepsis. This success led to a nomination for 2017 Nashville Business Journal’s Healthcare Hero of the Year in Research. In addition, he has won awards for research, teaching and community engagement.

He has served in various positions at higher education institutions in the greater Nashville area, including Middle Tennessee State University, Lipscomb University and Tennessee State University.

Gary also brings expertise in connecting the right partners to successfully obtain external funding. He has an extensive background in securing private, corporate and federal funding and has helped to submit more than 200 research proposals. He has also served as an invited reviewer for grants to the United States National Science Foundation and NASA.

Through his work, he has helped university faculty to receive grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, United States Department of Agriculture, United States Department of Labor, United States Department of Education, the ExxonMobil Foundation, WalMart Foundation and more. These awards have funded projects in education, agriculture, undergraduate research, student scholarships, professional development for teachers and even a choir performance at the Kennedy Center.

“Todd’s expertise and experience in facilitating meaningful partnerships and his deep faith are a great match for the University,” said Dr. Dan Boone, Trevecca president. “This will allow him to authentically represent Trevecca and its distinctiveness to area business and the Nashville community.”

Gary and his wife, Frances, live in Hendersonville,Tenn.

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