Meet Our EVP

Dr. Grewal

Parwinder Grewal, Ph.D., is the Executive Vice President for Research, Graduate Studies, and New Program Development at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). In this position he oversees UTRGV’s Office of Research Administration, Graduate College, University Libraries, Online Programs, Continuing Education, Global Engagement, Research Centers and Institutes, and the Office for Sustainability. Additionally, he provides leadership for the development of all new programs at the university.

Dr. Grewal is an internationally recognized Nematologist with over 30 years of experience in research, development, and higher education administration. Most recently, he served as the Founding Dean of the College of Sciences at UTRGV. Under his leadership, the college established three new BS programs (Marine Biology, Statistics, and Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems), two new MS programs (Ocean, Coastal and Earth Science and Agricultural, Environmental, and Sustainability Science), a new School of the Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences, three new research and outreach centers (Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Advancement, Center for Vector Borne Diseases and the Center for Urban Ecology), HIGH Scholars program that engages high school students in research with faculty, and the innovative Community-Engaged Scholarship and Learning (CESL) program to engage faculty and students with the community in co-developing solutions to local and global challenges. He previously served as the Department Head at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where he established a new interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Entomology. Plant Pathology, and Nematology.

Dr. Grewal received his Ph.D. in Zoology from Imperial College London and post-doctoral training at Rutgers University in New Jersey. After working in the industry for four years in California and Maryland, he joined The Ohio State University where he worked for 16 years and attained the designation as the University Distinguished Research Scholar. He has published over 250 scientific articles, obtained over $16M in competitive grants, and mentored many Ph.D., Master’s, undergraduate and high school students, post-docs, and visiting scientists from around the world. He is a Fellow of the Society of Nematologists and has served as its President. His most recent research has focused on urban resilience with respect to food, energy, and water security. He has worked as a Fulbright Scholar at the Stockholm Resilience Center in Sweden.

While born in Punjab, India, Dr. Grewal has lived and worked in six U.S. states and five countries. He enjoys running, gardening, and politics. He has been married to Sukhbir for over 30 years. Together they have two sons, Parbir and Sharanbir.


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