David Wright has left his post as director of the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), Retraction Watch has learned.
Although we’re short on details on the moment, we have confirmed that Wright’s last day at the agency was a week ago Thursday. Wright joined ORI as director in January 2012. According to his agency bio:
Previously, he served as an expert consultant to ORI from 2001 until 2011, working with both the Division of Investigative Oversight and the Division of Education and Integrity. In that capacity he was the architect of the RIO Boot Camp program. From 1993-2004, Dr. Wright served as Michigan State University’s (MSU) Assistant Vice President for Research Ethics and Standards, as well as its Intellectual Integrity Officer, overseeing most of MSU’s research regulatory compliance activity. He also chaired the University’s Committee on Research Involving Human Subjects for 11 years. From 2005-2011 David Wright was Professor and Chairperson of MSU’s Department of Community Sustainability where he taught and wrote on the history of science and technology and the responsible conduct of research. Dr. Wright has a bachelor’s degree from Princeton and a PhD in American Studies from MSU.
We’ll update as we learn more.