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SLU aims to double research budget as it transforms under new leaders



St. Louis University is doubling down on its research budget to help it towards its goal of positioning itself as one of the world’s premier Jesuit research universities.

Ken Olliff, the recently hired vice president for research at SLU, says, “St. Louis needs two great research universities.”

Olliff is in charge of SLU’s campaign to build itself into one of them. The first step, he says, is to double SLU’s research budget to $100 million over the next five years.

An institution of SLU’s size and with the array of schools and programs it operates should “easily” be within that range of research funding, SLU President Fred Pestello said.

The ambitious goal is one of a handful of big-ticket initiatives from the region’s namesake university, which is undergoing a significant change under new leadership that began with Pestello’s hiring three years ago.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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