Virinder K. Moudgil was appointed the seventh president of Lawrence Technological University, effective July 1, 2012.
Moudgil had been senior vice president and provost at Oakland University, where he led academic affairs from 2001 to 2012. He was a professor of biological sciences and chaired OU’s Department of Biological Sciences from 1994 to 2001. He joined the OU faculty in 1976.
Moudgil grew up in India as it transitioned to independence from British rule. He learned to speak Punjabi, the language of his home state of Punjab; Urdu, then used in Indian courts; Hindi, India’s national language; and English.
He received his PhD in zoology-biochemistry from Banaras Hindu University, ranked the top university in India. He was a research fellow in India for two years and came to the United States in 1973 to take a post-doctoral fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. His mentor was David O. Toft, the discoverer of a protein that mediates the action of estrogen. He also completed the Institute for Educational Management program of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Even as he advanced in administration at OU, Moudgil remained an active researcher of the molecular mechanisms of steroid hormone action and the hormonal regulation of breast cancer. He received nearly $3 million in grant and research support awards from the National Institutes of Health and others.
Moudgil has also held an adjunct professorship at Wayne State University; was a visiting scientist at universities in Serbia, France, and India; and was a consultant to the United Nations Development Program. His research on steroid hormone action and cancer has resulted in wide recognition and more than 200 publications in scientific journals, edited books, book chapters, and scientific presentations.
He has presented invited lectures on international scientific platforms and has chaired scientific sessions and symposia in the US, Czechoslovakia, Spain, the Netherlands, and India. He is the editor-in-chief of the book series “Hormones in Health and Disease” and the organizer of the international Meadow Brook Conferences on Steroid Receptors in Health and Disease. He has served as a regular member of the NIH peer review study sections.
As OU provost, Moudgil oversaw six schools, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Honors College, and eight charter schools. His administrative responsibilities included the main library and 16 administrative units, including technology services, international studies, business incubators, e-learning, grants, contracts, and sponsored research.
He co-chaired the steering committee that established a partnership with Beaumont Health System to create the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, which enrolled its charter class in 2011. He played a key role in the partnership that brought a branch of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School to the OU campus.
Moudgil provided committed, effective academic leadership and support to OU’s faculty and their programs, launching a number of academic and research initiatives. Numerous postdoctoral, PhD, and master’s researchers received their training in his laboratory. Having involved numerous undergraduate students in his research projects, he championed the Provost Undergraduate Research Scholar Program and led other efforts to offer research opportunities to as many students as possible.
Active in many professional and community organizations, Moudgil is a director of Automation Alley and he serves on the Professional Advisory Committee of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School and the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Detroit Zoological Society. He also chaired the Academic Officers Committee (Provost Council) of the Presidents Council of the State Universities of Michigan from 2007–11.
Moudgil’s many honors include the Michigan Association of Governing Boards of State Universities’ Award, Oakland University Foundation Research Excellence Award, Michigan International Chamber of Commerce Academic Leadership Award, Michigan Association of Physicians of Indian Origin Academic Excellence Award, Beaumont Health System Chief Medical Officer Citation Award, the Marian P. Wilson Award, and the George Wibby Award.
His wife, Parviz Gandhi Moudgil, holds a doctoral degree in physiology. They have two adult children, Sapna and Rishi, and a grandson, Aditya.