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Creighton Administrator Named President-Elect

Creighton Administrator Named President-Elect

Vonnetta Byington, administrator for the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology at Creighton University School of Medicine, has been named president-elect of the Midwest Section of the Society of Research Administrators (SRA) International.

She joined SRA in 2001 and has served on various Midwest Section and SRA International program planning and standing committees. She was the Midwest Section’s treasurer, May 2008-2010. She will serve as president, May 2011-2012.

“Vonetta’s selection as president-elect reflects very favorably on her successful contributions to the medical research community and also highlights the recent growth of the Creighton University School of Medicine’s biomedical research program,” said Rowen Zetterman, M.D., medical school dean.

Byington has served as administrator for the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology since 1994. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration/accounting from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is pursuing a master’s degree in health care ethics at Creighton. In 2005, she received a Certified Research Administrator (CRA) certification from the Research Administrators Certification Council.

SRA supports the education and professional development of research administrators as well as the advancement of research administration as a profession. The nonprofit society has approximately 5,000 members who work at hospitals, universities, nonprofit agencies and the federal government. The Midwest Section includes Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri.