The Vice Dean for Innovation provides academic leadership for innovation and entrepreneurship activities across campus and serves the faculty and other members of Princeton's research community by becoming the point of entry for innovation and entrepreneurship activities across campus.

Craig B. Arnold, the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and director of the Princeton Institute of Materials, has been appointed Princeton University’s vice dean for innovation. He will begin the role July 1, 2022.

Princeton's inaugural vice dean for innovation, Rodney Priestley, the Pomeroy and Betty Perry Smith Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, has become dean of Princeton University’s Graduate School. He began in his new role on June 1, 2022.


Craig Arnold

Craig B. Arnold. Photo by David Kelly Crow

Priestley is engaged in three industry-university research collaborations in the areas of pharmaceuticals and cosmetics as well as polymer nanocomposite design, and is the co-founder of two companies that are working to translate University intellectual property into technologies or products.