Jacquie Bernard named as senior associate dean of administration and finance for University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

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A portrait of Jacquie Bernard, UNR Med senior associate dean of administration and finance.

UNR Med has named Jacquie Bernard as senior associate dean of administration and finance. Photo by Brin Reynolds/UNR Med.

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) has named Jacquie Bernard as senior associate dean of administration and finance.

In her new role, Bernard will oversee administrative and financial functions of UNR Med, including supporting the education, research and community outreach missions of the School of Medicine, as well as UNR Med's clinical practice plan, University Health. As a member of the senior leadership team, she will work with all academic and clinical departments on financial planning, budget development and implementation, and business development. Bernard will work in conjunction with the senior associate dean for clinical affairs to manage the clinical operations of University Health.

"Ms. Bernard's visionary and transformative leadership, and financial, operational and clinical services, will be a tremendous asset and ensure our academic medicine and clinical growth is grounded in our culture and core values," said UNR Med Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D. "Her stellar research university and medical school expertise, knowledge of complex regulatory and financial systems, and a deep commitment to aligning business decisions with the core mission of UNR Med and University Health, will position our institutions and our people for success."

Most recently, Bernard served as associate chair, Administration and Finance for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Utah where she directed operations supporting clinical operations, graduate education, and research administration for the second largest University department with over 20 divisions, 300 regular faculty members, and 140 residents and fellows.

She brings over 20 years of experience in higher education and academic health care. Prior to her position in the department of pediatrics, Bernard served as associate dean for the School of Dentistry at the University of Utah and in other positions including senior sponsored projects officer for health sciences.

Bernard spent the early part of her career as a registered nurse. She worked in outpatient Gastroenterology and then as a public health nurse in several school districts where she gained an understanding of the difficulties children from challenging home environments face, as they overcome health, economic, and social barriers to success.

Bernard earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Utah, a bachelor of arts degree in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Reno where she was on the Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society, and earned an associate degree in Nursing from Northern Nevada Community College, where she was awarded the Nevada Nurses Association Scholarship and was the president of the Student Nurses Association.

Bernard was formerly a member of the Association of Academic Administrators in Pediatrics, the American Dental Education Association, the National Council of University Research Administrators, the Utah Public Health Association, the National Student Nurses Association. In 2015, Bernard was nominated for the Linda K. Amos Award for Distinguished Service to Women at the University of Utah.

Community involvement for Bernard has focused on the needs of children in the community and has included service with Volunteers of America Utah (VOA), as treasurer and member of the Board of Directors, providing support for youth and women's emergency shelters; with the Jordan School District in Sandy, Utah where she implemented a program to incorporate new state science curriculum into elementary school lesson plans, and as Court Appointed Special Advocate for the State of Utah Guardian ad Litem office, where she provided lay oversight of home placement for children in the foster-care system.

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The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Nevada's first public medical school, is a community-based, research-intensive medical school with a statewide vision for a healthy Nevada. Established in 1969, UNR Med is improving the health and well-being of all Nevadans and their communities through excellence in student education, postgraduate training and clinical care, research with local, national and global impact and a culture of diversity and inclusion.

Released: Tuesday September 29, 2020 @ 6:00 AM