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Chief of Staff

Timothy P. O'Connor, PhD

Timothy P. O’Connor, Ph.D.
Vice President for University Strategy and Research Operations
Chief of Staff
The Rockefeller University

Biographical Sketch

Timothy O’Connor was appointed Vice President for University Strategy and Research Operations at The Rockefeller University in June 2013. In this role, he is responsible for a range of offices and functions on the campus encompassing Research Support, Technology Transfer, Information Systems, Plant Operations and Housing, Planning and Construction, and Security. He also oversees the Rockefeller University Press, the Office of Communications and Public Affairs and the University Corporate Secretary.

In his role as Chief of Staff, Dr. O’Connor provides high-level support and advice to the President and, when appropriate, represents him outside the University. He coordinates activities of the senior administrative staff, providing a link between the Vice Presidents and the President, and assists the President in developing and implementing strategy.

Dr. O’Connor most recently served as the Associate Provost for Science and Technology at Yale University. Prior to that, he was an Associate Research Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Genetic Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. He earned his A.B. in Biology from the University of California at Berkeley and his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Michigan.

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