Lisa Beittel, assistant dean for administration, chief of staff and instructor in psychiatry, has been accepted into the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Institute at Wellesley College for the academic year 2012-2013. The HERS Institute is an educational non-profit that has been providing leadership and management development for women in higher education administration for more than 40 years. It prepares women faculty and administrators for senior leadership roles; alumnae of the institute are active on more than 1,200 campuses internationally.
Beittel joined UMass Memorial Medical Center in 2002 as the senior administrator for the Department of Surgery. In 2003, she transitioned to Commonwealth Medicine, where as a senior program development associate she successfully led endeavors such as the Community Case Management pilot to program initiative for Mass Health; led an operational turnaround in the Correctional Health program; led the team that secured the five-year contract renewal with the Massachusetts Department of Correction; and led out-of-state initiatives.
Since 2008, Beittel has served as assistant dean for administration and chief of staff for Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medicine, executive deputy chancellor, provost and dean of the School of Medicine. Her contributions include the development and implementation of the annual alumni survey, and working with students to develop and ratify a three-schools student governance body, the Student Government Alliance. Beittel’s behind the scenes efforts include serving as a mentor to faculty and administrative staff and guiding new chairs and directors, as well as organizing initiatives such as the process for selection of finalists for the Chancellor’s medals, and providing essential support for the successful recruitment of critical leadership positions.
“Lisa is a tremendous asset to UMMS,” said Dr. Flotte. “She has demonstrated considerable knowledge and leadership strengths and she will undoubtedly expand those strengths through the HERS education and training.”
Acceptance in the program is highly competitive, and results from an in-depth application process. As a HERS Institute participant, Beittel will engage in a year-long experience featuring extensive networking and mentoring opportunities and a curriculum that focuses on the skills, perspective and knowledge required to lead and manage effectively in today’s complex higher education environment. Beittel is the first UMMS faculty member to have been accepted into the program.
“It is a great privilege to be accepted into this highly regarded program,” said Beittel. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of peers from a range of organizational and academic specialties, and am eager to be in a learning environment led by top faculty from across the country. I am also very grateful for the support of senior leadership at UMass Medical School and to be part of an institution that is fully committed to fostering pathways for women leaders.”