Keith Osterhage has been appointed executive director of Marquette University’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, effective Nov. 3. Osterhage succeeds Erik Thelen, who resigned at the end of the 2007-08 academic year. Click here to read a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel story on the appointment.

Osterhage formerly served as the director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at Rutgers University, where he managed a staff of 20 and oversaw the distribution of awards totaling more than $295 million in a single year. In addition to stints as an independent consultant, he has also worked in the research offices at Georgetown University and American University.

“The Graduate School is pleased to have attracted a research administrator with Keith Osterhage’s breadth of experience and knowledge,” Dr. William Wiener, dean of the Graduate School and vice provost for research, said. “His skills in proposal development, project management and contract/grant negotiation and analysis will be invaluable as we seek to assist faculty in growing Marquette’s research base.”

Osterhage, a certified research administrator, earned master’s degrees in both political science and public administration from Ohio State University. He has a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Northern Ohio University. Osterhage has also completed several research-related courses sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and George Washington University. He is a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators, the Society of Research Administrators and the Council on Governmental Relations.

In fiscal year 2008, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs assisted 101 Marquette faculty and administrators in obtaining 154 awards totaling $16.1 million for their research, instruction, and other projects.