After an extensive search process, we are pleased to announce that Yvonne Sturt has accepted the Assistant Director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, position, effective June 1, 2016.
Sturt began her career at the University of Michigan in 1996 in the Internal Medicine Department, Division of Rheumatology, at the Medical School. In her tenure, she worked in multiple capacities, including research administration, office management, and eventually managing the Scleroderma Program. During this time, she also obtained her certification as a Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP).
Sturt left the University of Michigan for one year, in order to pursue a lifelong interest in natural and organic foods, serving as Managing Director of Eden Foods, Inc. While there, she worked on process improvement initiatives, employee recruitment and retention, and succession planning.
In 2013, Sturt returned to U-M as the Research Administration Advisory Council (RAAC) project manager. In this role, Sturt helped develop the founding by-laws for the RAAC, collaborated on university-wide projects that have improved research administration processes, working effectively to gain support from all impacted.
In this new position, Sturt will oversee the research administration training, communications, and data and reporting initiatives (and their respective staffs), and supervise the administrative support staff. She will assist in the planning, development and implementation of ORSP’s strategic objectives, and oversee finance and budget, human resources, facilities, and IT.
Having had the chance to work with Sturt, we know her to be a highly capable leader with a balance of excellent judgment, significant management experience, research administration skill and hard work. Please join us in welcoming Yvonne Sturt to this new position!