Dr. Michele Masucci

Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development

Dr. Michele Masucci was appointed as the vice chancellor for research and economic development by Chancellor Jay A. Perman in September 2022. In this role she works to focus the University System of Maryland’s expertise, programs, and resources in economic development to promote technology commercialization, workforce development, entrepreneurship, and partnerships among USM institutions and both private- and public-sector organizations..

The USM’s strategic research capability is a major component of Dr. Masucci’s profile as vice chancellor, which includes building and encouraging research and business partnerships among the USM campuses, state and federal government laboratories and agencies, corporations and industry, and other public and private higher education institutions. A major focus of these efforts is areas of science and technology that impact the economic and workforce development of Maryland, such as life sciences, clean energy, “big data,” cybersecurity, and advanced manufacturing.

Dr. Masucci previously served as the Vice President for Research at Temple University, Director of the Information Technology and Society Research Group and Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography and Urban Studies. At Temple University, she led the research enterprise for 10 years, overseeing its rise as the 4th fastest growing research enterprise in the U.S. based on FY 2021 reported research expenditures. She also leads the Federal Demonstration Partnership as the Faculty Co-Chair and President of the Federal Demonstration Partnership Foundation and is a member of the board of directors for Oak Ridge Associated Universities and the University City Science Center.

Dr. Masucci earned her bachelor’s degree in geography and regional planning from Salisbury University (SU), before receiving her master’s and doctorate—both in geography—from Clark University.  In addition to her vice chancellor position, Dr. Masucci also holds an appointment as professor of Geography and Environmental Systems at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).