TU vice president for research, sponsored programs to retire

Friday, April 22, 2011

Al Soltow, who joined the university in 1969, will retire at year's end.

All SoltowAl Soltow, who has overseen research operations at The University of Tulsa for nearly 35 years, has announced he will retire from his full-time position effective Dec. 31, 2011. Soltow, currently TU’s vice president for research and sponsored programs, will then take the first sabbatical in his 42-year career at TU.

“Al has been the bedrock of the university’s research operations,” said TU President Steadman Upham. “His steady leadership has grown our research and external funding to unprecedented heights, totaling more than $180 million of funding during the past decade.”

Soltow joined TU as a member of the economics faculty in 1969. Since that time, he has held a variety of other TU positions, including chair of the economics department, acting dean of the business college, dean of graduate school, vice provost, and interim vice president of enrollment and student services.

He was first appointed to oversee TU’s research operations on Jan. 1, 1977, and his retirement date marks the 35th anniversary of his time in that position. In his current capacity, he is responsible for developing and administering the necessary policies and procedures that will ensure TU’s compliance with accepted professional standards in the conduct of research and for enhancing the university's scholarly reputation. He also plays a central role in TU’s technology commercialization efforts.

Soltow credited TU’s gains in research to the efforts of faculty and students, along with the support of administration and staff, both centrally and within the colleges.

“The most rewarding experience for me in research administration has been to observe the remarkable scholarly activity of our faculty and students,” Soltow said. “It has been my privilege to support their work as they seek to achieve their career goals.”

Soltow has been a long-time member of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA), has served on the NCURA Board, and was recognized at the 2008 NCURA Annual Meeting with a Distinguished Service Award. In addition, he is a member of the Financial Executives International and has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Integrated Petroleum Environmental Consortium, the Tulsa Metro Chamber Governmental Affairs Planning Group, and the consultant for the Tulsa World Oklahoma Poll. He has served on a national review panel for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), as well as on numerous state and local councils and boards. Soltow currently serves on the Tulsa Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce of Commerce Energy Advocacy Task Force.

David Hamby