Carnegie Mellon University

July 7, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

After more than a decade of dedicated service to Carnegie Mellon, Ann Mathias has informed me of her decision to retire from her position as Assistant Vice President for the Office of Research Integrity and Compliance. As the university research environment related to export control, human and animal research protections, conflict of interest and researcher integrity has become more complex, Ann has been an important contributor to the growth of ORIC. We are grateful for her contributions and committed leadership and wish her new challenges, new accomplishments and new adventures as she sets off on her next chapter.

I am pleased to announce that Heather Bragg has agreed to serve as the Interim Executive Director for ORIC, effective immediately and reporting to me. Heather and Ann will be working together to ensure a smooth transition. Beginning July 29, Heather will lead the Office of Research Integrity of Compliance while we conduct an internal and external search for Ann’s successor. Ann will be at CMU through August 9.  Heather brings strong knowledge and experience in research contracting and management. She joined CMU’s Office of Sponsored Projects in 2017 as a Contracts Officer after more than five years as a project manager and federal contracts officer in the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Research.  Heather is a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators and has a Master of Studies in Law and Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. Please join me in welcoming Heather and in offering your support to her in the new role.

Michael McQuade, PhD.
Vice President for Research