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Timothy L. Quigg

Associate Chair Emeritus for Administration, Finance and Entrepreneurship

MPA. 1979, N.C. State.


Timothy L. Quigg is Lecturer and Associate Chair for Administration, Finance and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Computer Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He received his B.A. in Political Science in 1971 from Wake Forest University and his MPA with a concentration in research and program analysis in 1979 from North Carolina State University where he was elected to Pi Sigma Alpha honor society.  Additional non-degree training includes: intellectual property management (patents, copyright, licensing and technical data) from the Colorado School of Mines; federal contract management from the George Washington University School of Business and Public Management; and personnel management from the UNC-Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler School of Business.  His career spans more than 40 years in higher education, the private sector and North Carolina state government.  Previously, he co-founded two computer software companies, directed a large federal social science research project funded by the federal Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and was appointed by the Governor of North Carolina as CFO for a large statewide human services program.

Tim’s primary scholarly interests include management and organization dynamics in research-intensive organizations, intellectual property rights and creative methods for capturing and commercializing university technology.  He chairs the College of Arts and Sciences Conflict of Interest Committee and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Office of Technology Development.  His teaching duties include a graduate course entitled “Research Administration for Scientists” which is designed for senior PhD students, post docs and junior faculty in the physical, computational, biological, and social sciences.  He consults regularly with various federal agencies and universities throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.

In 2002, the Society of Research Administrators International honored Tim by naming him as one of the inaugural members of their Distinguished Faculty. This appointment “acknowledged his internationally recognized expertise, excellence in developing and delivering professional development training, and many significant contributions to the profession of research administration.”  His key international activities include serving as a senior member of a joint US-Canadian Development Team funded by the European Union assisting senior administrators at Estonian universities to develop and modernize their research administration/compliance infrastructure (2005) and key talks at CREPUQ in Quebec (2005), SRA International in Vancouver, BC (2006); INORMS (International Network of Research Management Societies) in Liverpool (2008) and ARMA (UK Association of Research Managers and Administrators) in Glasgow (2011).

Tim has developed research administration certification courses for SRA International; he teaches Research Management courses for Post Doctoral Fellows at both the National Institute of Health and the National Cancer Institute; he regularly consults with various federal agencies and universities throughout the U.S.; and he delivers numerous guest lectures on research administration, management and related topics.

Among Tim’s many honors and awards are the “Order of the Long Leaf Pine” in 1983 (the highest civilian honor awarded by the Governor of North Carolina), the UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in 1999 (the highest award given to UNC-Chapel Hill employees), the inaugural UNC-Chapel Hill Excellence in Research Administration Award in 2004, and the Career Excellence Award from SRA International in 2007.  In 2008, UNC-Chapel Hill announced the “Tim Quigg Can Do Award” – an annual award presented to a campus-level administrator for excellence.  In addition to numerous papers, articles and reports, he authored a chapter entitled “Departmental Administrators Roles, Responsibilities and Structures” in the first comprehensive textbook on Research Administration published in 2005 by Jones and Bartlett.