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Cary Thomas named as key Keck School administrator

Cary Thomas

Cary Thomas has been named senior associate dean of administration and finance for the Keck School of Medicine of USC, effective Aug. 20.

Thomas is an expert in the field of research management, with an emphasis on federally sponsored research. He comes to the Keck School from the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC) in San Diego, where he was chief operating officer.

“Cary Thomas is an experienced and energetic fiscal officer and will be crucial to the successful implementation of our strategic plan,” said Keck School Dean Brian Henderson in announcing Thomas’ appointment. “I hope you will join me in welcoming him to the Keck School of Medicine of USC.”

Thomas is no stranger to USC. Before joining SKCC, Thomas served for 10 years as the director of administration for the Information Sciences Institute at USC, where he acted as chief administrator for the $60 million defense-funded research institute, operating facilities in Marina del Rey and Arlington, Va.

But Thomas’ association with USC goes back even further than that. In the late 1970s, Thomas was one of the financial managers who developed the “revenue center management model” that USC has continued to use as a budgeting tool. In the 1980s, he led the team that developed and implemented USC’s financial management information systems. Thomas was a member of the group that secured what was then the largest grant in USC’s history, enabling the creation of the Institute for Creative Technologies, of which he was founding administrator.

Prior to entering research management, Thomas worked for San Diego State University as director of information Systems and at the University of Maryland, both at the College Park Campus and for the Office of the President. He has a bachelor of science degree in information systems and a master of business administration degree, both from the University of Maryland. He is also a certified research administrator and holds a certificate in managerial accounting.

“I am thrilled to be returning to USC, and to be part of the management team of the Keck School of Medicine,” Thomas said. “Dr. Henderson and the Keck School management team have important goals to meet in moving the school forward to be one of the premier medical schools in the country. I am honored to have been selected to participate in this exciting and worthy program.”

—Lori Oliwenstein

Cary Thomas named as key Keck School administrator

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