On June 1, 2013 Tim retired as Associate Chair for Administration, Finance and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Computer Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His career spanned 42 years in higher education, the private sector, and North Carolina state government with a focus on management and organizational dynamics in research-intensive organizations, intellectual property rights, creative utilization of university technology to stimulate local economic development, and spreading knowledge of research policy and administration through formal teaching, training and scholarly activities.
Tim received his B.A. in Political Science from Wake Forest University in 1971 and his MPA (concentration in research and program analysis) from North Carolina State University in 1979 where he was elected to Pi Sigma Alpha honor society. Prior to joining UNC-Chapel Hill in 1991, he co-founded two computer software companies, worked with both large and small IT companies, directed a large social science research project funded by the federal Department of Health, Education and Welfare, was appointed by the Governor of North Carolina as CFO of a large statewide human services program, managed human services planning for a five-county regional Council of Government, and played a small part in integrating education in NC as the first white male teacher at the previously all black girls state reform school in Kinston, NC.
His on-campus duties at UNC-Chapel Hill included chairing the College of Arts and Sciences Conflict of Interest Committee for more than fifteen years and chairing a special ad hoc committee to review and recommend improvements in sponsored research administration campus-wide. He also served on the Advisory Boards for the Office of Economic Development, the Office of Technology Development, and the Carolina Launch Pad. Other campus level committee assignments included the Patent Policy Committee, the Chancellor's Task Force on Commercialization, and the Task Force for Industry-Funded Research.
With primary responsibility for managing the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Computer Science patent and copyright portfolio, Tim has negotiated numerous license agreements with industry including UNC's largest agreement ever (at the time) in 1996. He has assisted in the development of six computer science spin-off companies including one that in 2011 was acquired by a larger company in a multi-million dollar deal. His vast experience includes many complex intellectual property cases including one involving ten of the world's largest semi-conductor companies and two universities in a case heard by the Federal Trade Commission in 2012.
Tim's international work includes the development of multi-country Research Centers and Consortia Agreements in the U.S., Europe and Asia, along with research administration and intellectual property related consultations with universities in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Tim has given numerous invited international talks including ADARUQ in Quebec (2006), SRA International in Vancouver (2006), INORMS (International Network of Research Management Societies) in Liverpool (2008), ARMA (UK Association of Research Managers and Administrators) in Glasgow (2011), and EARMA (European Association of Research Managers and Administrators) in Dublin (2012). In 2005 Tim was a member of a five person European Union-funded project to assist Estonian universities update their research administration and compliance infrastructure.
Throughout his career, Tim has been a passionate advocate for enhancing the field of academic research administration and has developed several training and certification programs including a national certification program for U.S. and Canadian research administrators through the Society of Research Administrators International, the Tar Heel Research Management certificate program at UNC-Chapel Hill, various short courses including the "Management in the Scientific and Academic Enterprise" course for post-docs and research scientists at NIH and other federal agencies, and a graduate course entitled "Research Administration for Scientists" which he taught annually from 2001-2013. More than 600 graduate students, post-docs, faculty and staff from over 40 UNC-Chapel Hill departments have taken this graduate course at UNC-Chapel Hill and many thousands of research management professionals have taken courses developed and taught by Tim during the past 20 plus years.
Tim's many honors and awards include the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in 1983 (the highest civilian honor awarded by the Governor of North Carolina), the UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor's Award for Excellence in 1999 (the highest award for UNC-Chapel Hill employees), election to the Society of Research Administrators International Distinguished Faculty in 2002 (the inaugural class), the UNC-Chapel Hill Excellence in Research Administration Award in 2004 (first person so honored), and the Career Excellence Award from SRA International in 2007. In 2009 the Computer Science Graduate Student Association honored Tim with the Excellence in Teaching Award and upon his retirement in June of 2013, the UNC-Chapel Hill Computer Science Department honored Tim by establishing the Timothy L. Quigg Student Inventor of the Year Award and by rededicating Sitterson 020 as the Timothy L. Quigg Entrepreneurs' Lounge.
Last updated 16 August 2013