CDB Announces Mary Heath as new Department Administrator

March 21, 2013

Ian G. Macara, Ph.D.
Louise B. McGavock and Chair, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Vanderbilt University Medical School

Mary Heath, MBA, CFA, CRA, will assume the position of Departmental Administrator in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology on April 22, 2013. Ms. Heath will be making the transition from Boston to Nashville as her new residence over the next few months. The department is anticipating the skills and experience that Mary will bring; anxious to add her leadership, grants experience and financial acumen to our administrative team here at Vanderbilt and in our department.

Please join us in welcoming Mary to Vanderbilt University Medical School and the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology.

Ms. Heath has over ten years of academic administrative leadership experience in managing and overseeing administrative/operational responsibilities in a scientific research setting. She has a degree in Bio-medical Engineering from Brown University and earned her MBA from Simmons College while working full time. She is also a certified financial analyst and research administrator.

Ms. Heath has for the last six years been the Department Administrator of the Department of Cancer Immunology and AIDS at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School. She directed the administrative and operational responsibilities for a department consisting of 200 employees, with fourteen faculty and research funding in excess of $24 million dollars annually, including 2 NIH training grants.

Ms. Heath had previously worked for the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, as their Associate Director of Grants and Contracts Management. She has a very strong background in finance and business practices, having spent her early career in investment management, as assistant Vice-President of MFS Investment Management, Inc. and Chief Financial Officer for Applied Value Corporation.

M.B.A., Simmons College, 1988
B.A., Biomedical Engineering, Brown University, 1982