Lisa Beittel, assistant dean for administration, chief of staff and instructor in psychiatry, has graduated from the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Institute at Wellesley College. 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. The 67 participants in this year’s Institute represented 56 institutions across the country.
Beittel’s participation in the HERS Wellesley Institute for the 2012-2013 academic period was sponsored by Chancellor Michael F. Collins and Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medicine, executive deputy chancellor, provost and dean of the School of Medicine. She is the first faculty member selected by the Medical School to participate in HERS.
Since 2008, Beittel has served as assistant dean for administration and chief of staff for Dean Flotte. 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.
“Being a part of the HERS Institute has been a tremendous professional growth experience,” said Beittel. “To have the opportunity to network with a diverse group of colleagues from a range of academic institutions and specialties has been incredibly valuable and I am eager to apply what I learned to new professional challenges. I also appreciate the support I’ve received from senior leadership at the Medical School.”