Dr. Mark J. Rudin joined Boise State University as Vice President for Research and Economic Development in January 2007, during a pivotal time in the university’s development, and throughout his tenure, he has continued to build Boise State’s reputation as a Metropolitan Research University of Distinction. His experience in the private sector, as well as a faculty member and administrator in academia, shaped his perspective on how research and academic programs can collectively enhance student learning while contributing to the prestige of a university.
As head of the Division of Research and Economic Development, Dr. Rudin is part of Boise State’s senior leadership team and a member of the Administrative Council. He oversees the Office of Sponsored Programs, the Office of Research Compliance, the Office of Technology Transfer, the Office of Economic Development, and other administrative and technical offices. His priorities include leading strategic efforts to diversify Boise State’s research portfolio and establishing strong working relationships with businesses, which has promoted student research opportunities while ensuring that the university is viewed as an economic asset to the state and local community.
Dr. Rudin’s efforts have been fruitful – he has overseen growth in a number of areas designated as research strengths at Boise State, including materials science, geosciences, sensor development, public policy and creative writing. In 2016, this impressive growth helped the university become classified as a doctoral research institution by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education — the nation’s premier college classification system. This designation reflects Boise State’s unique trajectory in building the research and academic programs that the modern economies in fast-growing Boise and the state of Idaho demand.
Dr. Rudin’s academic background is in the field of Health Physics. His degrees all were awarded from Purdue University, including a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry, with a concentration in Health Physics (1989); a master of science in Health Physics (1985); and a bachelor of science in Health Science (1983).
Before joining Boise State, Dr. Rudin served in the administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, most recently as the Interim Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies. He also held positions as UNLV’s Senior Associate Vice President for Research Services, Associate Vice President for Research Services, and as department chair in the Department of Health Physics. Dr. Rudin’s early career included positions with the U.S. Department of Energy, the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, and Idaho State University.
Dr. Rudin’s management philosophy is one of collaboration, accessibility and responsiveness. He welcomes inquiries from the university community, organizations and businesses in the private and public sectors, and from the public. Dr. Rudin can be reached by contacting the Division of Research and Economic Development.
Mark Rudin and his wife Libby live in Boise. They are the parents of three children.