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Kevin Gardner

Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation, University of Louisville
Carsey Fellow

Dr. Kevin Gardner is a Carsey fellow and the University of Louisville’s executive vice president for research and innovation. In his role, Gardner oversees the university’s research enterprise, including research development and administration, industry engagement and technology commercialization. Before joining the University of Louisville in 2020, Gardner served in various roles at the University of New Hampshire, including nine years in research leadership, first as director of strategic initiatives then as vice provost for research. During his tenure there, he oversaw that institution’s rise from designation as a Carnegie Research High Research Activity (R2) university to Carnegie Very High Research Activity (R1) status. He also led the development and rollout of a statewide plan to better engage industry with university research. Prior to his arrival at New Hampshire, Gardner taught at Case Western Reserve University and Hofstra University. He also served as a research assistant at Clarkson and as an engineer in Walnut Creek, California. Over his academic career, Gardner has served as PI or Co-PI on more than $60 million in external grants, published extensively, and advised 39 graduate students. Gardner earned his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Union College in Schenectady, New York. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in civil and environmental engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York.

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