The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTCSOM) has named Sharon Barrett as assistant dean for finance and administration.

In this inaugural role, Barrett will lead the school’s finance and business operations as well as the budget and planning processes associated with future growth in enrollment and research operations that were presented to the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors at its August meeting. She will be instrumentally involved in other administrative projects, including design of a new medical school building and the school’s upcoming reaccreditation process.

“Sharon brings a wealth of skills and experience that mesh perfectly with what is needed in this new position,” said Lee Learman, dean of the medical school. “We are confident that creating this position and recruiting an experienced financial administrator as its first incumbent will improve our capabilities to work effectively within VTCSOM and with our academic and clinical partners.”

Barrett earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Virginia Tech. After working 11 years in industry, she spent 12 years at Virginia Tech working in the Controller’s Office and as business manager in the College of Engineering. In 2017, she moved to Radford University, where she served in a variety of roles culminating in her most recent position as assistant vice president for planning, budget, and reporting.

“I’m excited to return to Virginia Tech and honored to serve in this new role,” Barrett said. “The school is uniquely positioned for growth in both enrollment and its research enterprise, creating opportunities for thoughtful strategic visioning and enhancement of collaborations across the university and with our partners at Carilion Clinic. I’m passionate about developing financial models and operating guidelines with flexibility to support a dynamic college.”

“We are extremely pleased that Sharon will be joining our leadership team at this critical time in VTCSOM’s anticipated growth,” said Rebecca R. Pauly, vice dean of the school. “She is a seasoned executive with analytical skills and high emotional intelligence. These qualities position her to make an immediate and sustained impact on not only our financial team but also on our school as a whole.”

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