Jacque Fetrow assumed the role of Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs on July 1, 2014. As Provost at the University of Richmond, Jacque serves as the University’s chief academic officer with responsibilities that include oversight of the University’s academic mission, tenure and promotion processes, and budget planning in the five schools and throughout the Academic Affairs Unit. She works closely with the academic deans of the five schools, the Dean of International Education, and the AVP for Community Initiatives and Bonner Center for Civic Engagement. She serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet.
Jacque earned a Ph.D. in biological chemistry from Pennsylvania State University in 1986 and a B.S. in biochemistry from Albright College in 1982. Prior to her appointment at Richmond, she served as Dean of the College and Reynolds Professor of Computational Biophysics at Wake Forest University. At Wake Forest, she led the development of the College’s strategic plan and its complementary capital campaign. Notable accomplishments include establishing the Office of Academic Advising to coordinate and enhance the faculty’s advising activities, overseeing the early development of the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URECA) Center to provide exceptional opportunities to undergraduate students, and fostering the development of specific programs focused on boosting the success of first-generation and at-risk students.
Before her time at Wake Forest, Jacque served as Chief Scientific Officer and Director (and co-founder) of GeneFormatics, Inc., a company which developed software and databases for the pharmaceutical industry. She co-invented GeneFormatics’ primary patented technologies and, as part of the executive management team, she played key roles in developing company strategy, raising over $50 million in three funding rounds, building to a 65-person organization, and merging the company with another biotechnology software company in 2003. Before GeneFormatics, Jacque served on the research faculty at The Scripps Research Institute. Her first faculty appointment, during which she was awarded tenure, was at SUNY-Albany.
Jacque previously served on the Executive Council and currently serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Protein Society, an international professional organization. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of Albright College, on the Board of Directors of QuantumBio, Inc., an early stage biotechnology software company, and on the Editorial Boards of the professional journals PLoS Computational Biology and Proteins: Structure, Function, and Bioinformatics. She has also served on the NSF BIO Directorate Advisory Council and on numerous NIH study sections, including charter memberships.
Jacque’s ongoing research program focuses on understanding the relationships between protein structure, function, and dynamics, with a long-range goal of understanding disease mechanisms and improving processes for structure-based drug discovery. She has published over 80 peer-reviewed or invited articles and is listed as an inventor on five US patents. She enjoys involving undergraduate students and research associates in her research projects and has won three awards for her excellence and innovation in teaching.
Penn State Alumni Fellow Award; Albright College Distinguished Alumnus/a Award; Wake Forest Innovative Teaching Award; SUNY Albany Chancellor’s and President’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching