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New Associate Director of the Pre-Award Team - Joy Blatchford 

October 21, 2021

 Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Joy Blatchford as the Associate Director of the Pre-Award team for both the Senior Vice President of Health Sciences (SVPHS) and Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR), effective October 18, 2021. Ms. Blatchford will succeed Ms. Kami McNeill who will continue her role as the SVPHS Pre-Award Manager and will play an integral role in the transition process.

Ms. Blatchford received her BS degree in Human Movement Science from Utah State University (USU). Following her education, Ms. Blatchford worked at USU as a Research Assistant in the Department of Nutrition from 2008-2012 and an Office Manager for the Sustainability Office from 2010-2013. She moved to the University of Utah in 2013 as a Grants and Contracts Officer for the Department of Pediatrics and assumed the role of Manager in 2017.

Ms. Blatchford brings a wealth of knowledge with almost 10 years of pre-award and grant submission expertise, training and collaborating with principal investigators, as well as leadership operations and strategic planning for pre-award teams.

Please join us in welcoming Ms. Blatchford to the Pre-Award team. She looks forward to supporting Pre-Award administration across campus through excellent service and robust training development. We are excited to partner with Ms. Blatchford to fulfill the research missions at the University of Utah.


Andrew S. Weyrich
Vice President for Research

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Last Updated: 10/25/21