2021 Board Candidate Profiles

Available Positions

For the 2021 nomination and election cycle only four at-large board seats are available. While there are no designated seats available, members currently at PUIs or MSIs are encouraged to apply for at-large positions. These four open seats are open to eligible NORDP members from any type of institution or region (at-large). New Board members are elected for four-year terms.

Below is information submitted by the 2021 Board candidates. Candidates were required to submit a candidate statement, biography, and abbreviated resume or CV.  Please plan to join NORDP at the 2021 Candidate Forum, during NORDP 2021 on May 5 at 12:15 pm (EDT).  


Antje Harnish: Assistant Vice Provost for Research | CV | At-Large Candidate

AntjeHarnishAntje Harnisch is the Assistant Vice Provost for Research at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She has held this position since 2019, and in this capacity, she supports the university’s research and technology commercialization enterprises. She assists in the administration and operations of research support services, including research development, internal grant programs, the set-up of centers and institutes and core instrumentation facilities. She participates in the negotiation of major research contracts and coordinates corporate research strategy in collaboration with Advancement. Prior to joining WPI as the Director of OSP in 2015, she worked for 15 years in various roles within the University of Connecticut’s Sponsored Programs Office; there she also provided leadership as interim Executive Director. She has a Ph.D. in German from the University of Wisconsin and an MPA from the University of Connecticut. She also served as faculty member at Bates College and the College of Wooster.

Nathan Meier: Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Nebraska-Lincoln | CV | At-Large Candidate

NathanMeierNathan Meier is Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research in the Office of Research and Economic Development at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). He has partnered with 89 principal investigators and their teams to develop 147 winning proposals resulting in the capture of more than $311 million from a wide range of funders. Directing a group of seven research development professionals, Meier increases funding competitiveness through the intentional design and hands-on leadership of proposal development, internal seed grant, limited submission competition, faculty development and recognition, and research impact programs. His work is distinguished by a creative capacity to collaborate with faculty and campus leaders, foster interdisciplinary teams, and steward external partners. Meier serves on the boards of the Big Ten-Ivy League Traumatic Brain Injury Research Collaboration, Huru International, and the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP). He was honored by UNL’s Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development for invaluable service in 2007 and 2011 and received a NORDP Rising Star Award in 2018. He holds a B.A. in English from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, a Master of Technical and Professional Communication from Auburn University, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Higher Education at UNL.