Vice President and Associate Provost

Gregory P. Crawford, Professor of Physics

Greg Crawford

Greg Crawford, professor of physics, was named vice president and associate provost in 2015 to lead Notre Dame’s efforts to develop its presence in California, initially in the Bay Area. His charge includes expanding career services, internships, and employment opportunities for Notre Dame undergraduates, recruiting the best students from top California high schools to Notre Dame, enhancing fundraising efforts in the state, and establishing California-based courses and programs, both in traditional settings and online.

Over time, Crawford will also match faculty interests with sabbatical opportunities, connect faculty with California companies and funding, and assist with finding investors for startups that begin at Notre Dame and Innovation Park.

Crawford joined the University’s faculty in 2008, leaving his post as the dean of engineering at Brown University, where he had been a professor of physics and engineering, to become the William K. Warren Foundation Dean of Notre Dame’s College of Science. As Warren Dean, he oversaw, among other initiatives, the founding of the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics, the recruitment of more than 60 new faculty, and the planning and fundraising for significant new ventures such as the Warren Family Research Center for Drug Discovery and Development.

Holding a bachelor’s (mathematics and physics), master’s (physics), and doctorate (chemical physics) from Kent State University, Crawford completed two postdoctoral fellowships and was a researcher at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center before joining the faculty at Brown. He applies his research background in optics, photonics, and soft matter materials to address areas related to human health, e.g., the analysis and dating of bruises, which are often key pieces of evidence in child abuse cases. He has to his credit more than 400 research and education publications, review articles, and book chapters, and more than 20 U.S. patents and patent applications.

In 2010, Crawford embarked on a cross-country bicycle ride to raise awareness and funds for research on Niemann-Pick Type C Disease, a rare and deadly cholesterol storage disorder that leads to neurodegenerative issues that are always fatal. He has now completed five of these “Road to Discovery” rides and, with his 2015 route from Long Island, N.Y., to Pebble Beach, Calif., expanded fundraising to include other illnesses being studied at Notre Dame’s Boler-Parseghian Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases.