PULLMAN, Wash. — George A. Hedge, associate dean for research and graduate studies at the West Virginia University School of Medicine, has been named vice provost for research at Washington State University.
The appointment was announced today by WSU Provost Gretchen Bataille.
Hedge assumes the responsibilities for research Sept. 15, replacing Robert Smith, who resigned last year to take a similar post at the University of Connecticut.
A member of the physiology faculty at WVU School of Medicine since 1977, Hedge has served as associate dean since 1990. He was chair of the physiology department from 1977-90 and held the Edward J. Van Liere Professorship from 1985-94.
A 1961 graduate in biology education at the University of Missouri, Hedge also earned a pharmacology degree at Missouri and a doctorate in physiology from Stanford University.
Beginning his professional career as a research fellow at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, Hedge also was on the physiology department faculty at the University of Arizona College of Medicine for nine years.
He serves as chair of the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Association for Biomedical Research, has been chair of the national Council of Academic Societies and is the representative of the U.S. Endocrine Society to the council. Among his many publications is a 1987 textbook “Clinical Endocrine Physiology.”
Provost Bataille said WSU is fortunate to attract a person with Hedge’s experience. “As a researcher, administrator and faculty member, he has participated in university-wide research initiatives. His experience in a medical school brings strengths to support WSU’s growing interest in biomedical research, veterinary medicine, nursing and pharmacy, in addition to the basic sciences,” she said. “His experience with campus-wide initiatives has provided him with knowledge about the humanities, arts and social sciences.”
Hedge said he is delighted to have the opportunity to join the WSU research community. “This institution has an outstanding reputation nationally, and it is clear that both the faculty and the administration are committed to further growth of this essential element of our academic mission. I look forward to both the challenges and the opportunities inherent in facilitating this growth.”

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