Daryl Weinert, associate vice president for business operations for the U-M Office of Research (UMOR), has accepted a new position as vice president for strategic initiatives and chief of staff to the president at Carnegie Mellon University.
Daryl has provided tremendous leadership over the past 19 years at U-M. For the past six years, Daryl has acted as a key advocate for those working in research administration, in his capacity as co-sponsor of the Research Administration Advisory Council (RAAC). Some of his many contributions are highlighted below.
For now, we cordially invite you to join us for Daryl's Farewell Celebration in the Henderson Room of the Michigan League, on Thursday, November 1, 2018, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Prior to Daryl's roles at UMOR and the office of research and sponsored projects (ORSP), Daryl served as the first executive director of the Business Engagement Center (BEC), a unit that has become a sought-after model for partnerships between universities and the private sector. Prior to the BEC, Daryl served as senior director for corporate and government relations in the College of Engineering.
For the research administration community, it was Daryl's passion and vision that led him to champion a number of improvements, including:
revitalized training, metrics, communications, and business processes for central offices working with the campus research enterprise;
the formation of the entire RAAC and its subcommittees, along with the Faculty Advisory Council and RAAC Executive Committee;
the creation of the RAAC project manager role, helping to increase the productivity of the 100+ volunteers who make up the RAAC;
a refreshed website design and content for the research community;
several newsletters to bridge communication gaps, including the RAP, RAPid, and UMOR News;
the restructuring of professional development for research administration into our highly successful Navigate programs;
the restructuring of the former Division of Research Development & Administration (DRDA) into ORSP to expand sponsor expertise and client connections among our project representatives;
the launch of the survey metrics for ORSP, which helped to develop feedback mechanisms from the schools and colleges;
an increase in customer satisfaction from 67% to 98% with the concerted efforts of ORSP staff and leadership.
We will miss Daryl's ability to carefully maximize organizations to their fullest potential, and his way of approaching challenges with a high level of empathy, intellect, and sensitivity for the motives and needs of all constituents.
Join us in thanking him personally for his contributions at U-M and wishing him well on this wonderful new step in his career.
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