Dick Seligman

Number of Years in Research Administration: over 40

Institutions: CalTech, UCLA


Richard Seligman has been a university research administrator for more than forty years.  He currently serves as Associate Vice President for Research Administration at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).  Prior to joining Caltech, Dr. Seligman was at UCLA for twenty-seven years in a variety of research administration positions, including Director, Office of Contract and Grant Administration.  

Dick has been a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) since 1975.  He has served NCURA in a variety of positions, including President and as a member of the NCURA Board of Directors.  He was the Editorial Director for the NCURA publication, “Sponsored Research Administration: A Guide to Effective Strategies and Recommended Practices,” first published in 2011. In 2000, he received NCURA’s highest honor, the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research Administration.   In 2017 he was awarded a medal as an NCURA Distinguished Educator. 

Dick has been an active participant in the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) since its inception.  He has been a member of the Executive Committee for more than 10 years and serves as FDP Chair.  

Dick is Caltech’s Primary Representative to the Council on Governmental Relations (COGR).  He served as a member of the COGR Board of Directors and as Chair of the Research Compliance and Administration Committee.  From 2007 to 2014, he was a member of the Business and Operations Advisory Committee of the National Science Foundation, including two years as Co-Chair.

Dick earned a doctorate in higher education from UCLA in 1969.  He has written on various research administration subjects, including conflict of interest, cost sharing, and contracting with industry.  Since 2016, he has served as an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Master’s Program in Research Administration at Johns Hopkins University.