Nancy Manley Named Sponsored Projects Administration Executive Director

Distinguished Research Professor Nancy Manley has been named the university’s new executive director of Sponsored Projects Administration, a position through which she will lead ongoing efforts to enhance the support and service that faculty members receive as they apply for and manage grants and other externally funded projects.

Associate Vice President for Research Carl Bergmann, who previously oversaw Sponsored Projects Administration, is shifting his focus to advancing the comprehensive, multi-year OneSource project to replace the university’s core administrative systems and processes.

As executive director of Sponsored Projects Administration, Manley oversees a staff of more than 30 individuals focused on supporting faculty members along the full spectrum of the grants process, from proposal development and submission through accounting to award closeout. Full-service teams composed of members of the two former units work seamlessly together in a central location in Tucker Hall, which houses several UGA research administration units.

Manley’s research, which primarily focuses on the development and aging of the thymus gland, has been funded by several agencies within the National Institutes of Health and by the National Science Foundation. She also directs the university’s Integrated Life Sciences program, an umbrella admissions mechanism for graduate students, and founded and served as the inaugural director of the Developmental Biology Alliance, which includes nearly 40 faculty members in 12 departments and five schools and colleges.

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