As Vice Chancellor of Research, Thomas S. Risch, will provide vision and strategic direction to research initiatives across Rutgers–Camden's schools, departments, centers, and institutes. He is a leader who will champion research collaborations within Rutgers–Camden and across Rutgers, as well as with other research institutions, increasing our university’s impact and recognition and encouraging external investment in our research enterprise.

Dr. Risch brings more than 20 years of higher education experience to Rutgers–Camden. He currently serves as vice provost for research and technology transfer at Arkansas State University (ASU)—a Carnegie R2 institution—where he is responsible for the strategy and implementation of a highly visible campaign to promote the growth of research funding and scholarly productivity. Also at ASU, he is executive director of the Arkansas Biosciences Institute, where he oversees research in various areas, including genomics, radioactive materials, and health sciences. 
Dr. Risch holds a doctoral degree in zoology from Auburn University, a master of science degree in wildlife management from Frostburg State University, and a bachelor of science degree in environmental studies from Stockton State College (now Stockton University).