A geography professor at Ohio State University has been appointed the new director of WVU s Regional Research Institute.

Dr. Randall Jackson replaces Scott Loveridge , Associate Provost of Research John Weete announced Monday (Sept. 10). Loveridge resigned last year to accept a post at Michigan State University. Jackson begins his new duties in January.

“Were very pleased to have someone with Dr. Jacksons qualifications to take the leadership of the Regional Research Institute,”Dr. Weete said..”It is my expectation that the Institute will become recognized as a center of excellence for regional studies in the not too distant future.”

Founded in 1965, the Regional Research Institute creates learning opportunities and provides research support for faculty and students. The Institute also serves as a center for the advancement of regional science, an interdisciplinary field that links economics, geography, planning and other social sciences. The Institutes activities are international and national in scope, and have a particular focus on West Virginia and Appalachia.

Jackson received a bachelors degree in geography from the University of Utah in 1976, a masters in geography from the University of Illinois-Urbana in 1980, and a doctorate from the University of Illinois-Urbana in 1983. With a geography and regional science background, Jacksons research focuses on regional economic health and performance. He has managed over a half million dollars in research funds from a number of agencies, both public and private, including the National Science Foundation.

“With the high quality of the WVU faculty and the strong administrative commitment to the success of the RRI , the Institute is poised to reaffirm its position among the foremost centers of regional research, both nationally and internationally,”Jackson said.”Its a privilege to have the opportunity to help shape the future of the RRI .”