The Advisory Council for Research Administration (ACRA) was established in 2016 to help build streamlined, simplified, and compliant ways to support the Boston University research enterprise. ACRA brings together representatives from across the research-intensive schools and related central offices to create an engaged and impactful BU research administration community.

ACRA Committee Charter

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Council Goals

  • Discuss process improvement, training, communication
  • Help identify issues and areas for improvement, both locally and centrally
  • Share insights, guidance and feedback
  • Actively work together to develop solutions
  • Disseminate information discussed at Council
  • Engage and develop the university wide research community

Council Members

Executive Sponsor
Gloria Waters, Vice President & Associate Provost for Research

Diane Baldwin, Associate Vice President, Sponsored Programs


  • Jean Daley, Associate Director of Research, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Rachelle Joseph, Director, Research Administration, School of Medicine – DOM Central Administration


  • Cynthia Bradford, Proposal Development Specialist, College & Grad School of Arts & Sciences – Biology
  • Solaris Bujor, Financial and Administrative Director, School of Medicine – BUSM Financial & Grants Admin
  • Grace Cashman, Sr. Director of Research Administration, BMC
  • Nancy Clinton, Administrative Manager, School of Medicine – Center-Whitaker Administration
  • Gillian Emmons, Associate VP And University Comptroller’s Office, Comptroller’s Office
  • Fiona Germain, Human Resources Business Partner, Human Resources
  • Kevin Gonzalez, Director of Operations Research Kilachand Charles River Campus
  • Michael Gooley, Financial Manager, College & Grad School of Arts & Sciences – Chemistry
  • Andrea Gordon, Grants Administrator, College of Engineering – ENG Administration
  • Meredith Hanna, Executive Director of Administration School of Public Health – Health Law Policy & Management Dept.
  • Gretchen Hartigan, Assistant Vice President, Post Award Financial Operations
  • Aline Hillman, Administrative Director, School of Medicine – Pulmonary – Mizgerd Lab
  • Vivian Holmes,  Assistant Dean, Research Administration, School of Public Health – Research & Faculty Advancement
  • Julia Huntsman,  Director, School of Medicine – Office of Proposal Development
  • Marla Krauss, Proposal Development Specialist, College Arts & Sciences 
  • Renna Lilly, Director, Research – Pre-Award Services
  • Douglas Luke, Senior Manager, Finance & Administration | Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies
  • Jen Marron, Assistant Dean of Grants Administration, College of Engineering
  • Linda Martin, Associate Vice President, Research – Research 1
  • Sara Martin,  Business Manager, College & Grad School of Arts & Sciences – Biology
  • Patricia Sheehan, Executive Director, Talent Man, Human Resources
  • Andy Soares White, Vice President For Finance Operations, Financial Affairs
  • Bettina Stevens, Associate Dean, Finance & Administration, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Marianne Taylor, Senior Grants Administrator, Wheelock – Office of the Dean – WCEHD Research
  • Stephanie Wasserman, Director, Grants and Contracts, BMC


  • Nikki De Leon, Senior Research Administrator, Office of Sponsored Programs