Nicholas Wigginton to serve as American Council on Education Fellow at Stanford

Nicholas Wigginton

NICHOLAS WIGGINTON, assistant vice president for research and chief of the staff in the Office of Research at the University of Michigan, is serving as a 2019-20 American Council on Education Fellow at Stanford. Wigginton is working with Professor KATHRYN MOLER, vice provost and dean of research, and will be on campus for the full academic year.

The ACE Fellows program is designed to strengthen institutional and leadership capacity in American higher education by identifying and preparing faculty and staff for senior positions in college and university administration. Thirty-eight fellows, nominated by the senior administration of their institutions, compose the 2019-20 cohort at colleges and universities across the nation.

At the University of Michigan, Wigginton supports research and scholarship across the institution by working with faculty and staff – as well as with government, industry and other academic institutions – to identify emerging opportunities, foster innovative collaborations and develop new funding models. He also serves as the primary adviser to the vice president for research and provides oversight and guidance on priorities and policies within the University of Michigan’s Office of Research. He also oversees communications, research development and strategic research initiatives.

Wigginton holds an undergraduate degree in geology from Michigan State University and a PhD in geosciences from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University. He performed research as a postdoctoral scholar at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland and as a visiting researcher at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Before joining the University of Michigan, Wigginton was a senior editor at Science, one of the world’s premier scientific journals.