Dr. Katie Stores serves the WVU Research Office as the Associate Vice President for Finance, Operations, and Research Administration.
While reporting directly to the Vice President for Research, Dr. Stores is responsible for executive oversight of the Office of Sponsored Programs, the office of Research Systems and Operational Data Service, directly leads Research Administration Data and Data Analytics, Training, and provides strategic finance support for the WVU Research Office. The AVP leads operational research administration activities and initiatives.
The research office infrastructure serves to facilitate the success of the University's research enterprise. Utilizing her experience in strategic planning and change management, she leads performance management by creating experiences for learning, coordinating stakeholder communication, and developing synergies across the research office to ensure integration, transparency, and efficiency.
Dr. Stores supports university leadership in assessing new and existing programs, partnerships, and projects by guiding strategic and data-informed decision-making processes which are inclusive and collaborative, and that optimize opportunities with campus, corporate, and community partners. She champions planning, and decision-making workflows and documentation related to business operations to advance organizational goals and assist the research community. Dr. Stores collaborates with multiple constituency groups to build relationships across the research enterprise. She leads university-wide change management endeavors, such as the process for a new electronic research administration system.
Dr. Stores has deep expertise and experience in research, research development, and research administration and enjoys developing people and organizations with acute attention to culture building and the professional development of team members. Dr. Stores has proudly served West Virginia University, an R1 land grant University, for over 16 years in multiple leadership roles including as the Assistant Vice President for Research Administration and Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs, and the Associate Dean for Research for the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. Before rejoining WVU in December 2021, Dr. Stores served Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, as the Senior Director of Operations and Training, prior to that time, she served the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland as a United States Department of Health and Human Services Emerging Leader. She has also served as a United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Fellow.