UND Vice President for Research & Economic Development Grant McGimpsey has spent the past 30 years in academia, and he thinks the time might be right for a change.
He’s eyeing something different, as in reconnecting with family in Canada, pursuing his passion for writing, continuing his newfound interest in blues guitar and perhaps playing some golf.
He informed division staff and his colleagues in the Grand Forks community this week that he plans to retire from full time work at the end of December, eventually moving back to his native Ontario, Canada, with wife, Margot, a project manager in the Provost’s office.
McGimpsey, a career chemist, has led UND’s research division since Sept. 8, 2015, taking over for interim vice president Barry Milavetz, and the last permanent VP, Phyllis Johnson. He also has led the UND School of Graduate Studies.
McGimpsey said their two grown boys – one a recent college grad, the other working toward a degree – are back in Toronto and looking toward the future. The McGimpseys want to be closer to them as they launch their fledgling careers.
“We certainly feel that tug to get back and provide a home base for them,” McGimpsey said.