The UCFER has a director appointed by the Office of Vice President for Research at Penn State. The director, Dr. Chunshan Song, is responsible for the administration of the UCFER. The Director represents the UCFER to the public and work to obtain the funding needed by the UCFER to achieve its objectives.
As the UCFER’s administrator, the Dr. Song implements the decisions of the Executive Council, and oversees the daily operations of the UCFER through an Operations Management Team (OMT). The OMT is responsible for ensuring there is effective communication among the UCFER’s members and its organizations, and will manage logistics for the UCFER relating to meetings, solicitations, and dissemination of information and research results. Dr. Song and the OMT are responsible for maintaining the PSU research reporting procedures, using research sponsor guidelines where applicable.
Dr. Song is responsible for raising awareness of the UCFER and the results of its research through publications, research reviews, and other means as approved by the Executive Council. He is responsible for working with the Executive Council to establish procedures and policies for the UCFER. Dr. Song, after consultation with the Executive Council, sets the time, place and agenda of the Executive Council meetings and presides over these meetings.
The following is the organizational chart: