Who We Are

Grants Office

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Brenda S. Thomas
Director, Grants Office
Hopkins Hall

Areas of Expertise

  • Research development: strategizing and planning for external funding needs from both federal and private sources
  • Proposal development: eligibility and criteria review, editing and compliance checking, ensuring proposal is competitive, complete, and compliant
  • Budget preparation, review, and approval
  • Compliance: ensuring proposals adhere to both federal and college regulations
  • Award negotiation and acceptance: review of terms/conditions and reporting obligations
  • Contracts and subawards: review, negotiation, approval, and set-up
  • Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR): institutional signatory for grant awards and contracts
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Justine Beringer
Assistant Director, Grants Office
Hopkins Hall

Areas of Expertise

  • General post-award grant management
  • New grant award meetings with PI: review of grant terms & conditions, budget, compliance obligations, etc.
  • Quarterly communication/check in with PI
  • Maintain/ensure budget compliance, facilitate budget revisions, etc.
  • Liaison between PI and finance office
  • Plan and submit no cost extensions, budget reallocations and supplements to funder
  • Assist with sub-award modifications
  • Manage grant funded RECR certification (ethics training through Citi Training)
  • Submit salary from grants requests
  • Work with PI and DoF office regarding grant funded AP leave and sabbatical salary
  • Final reporting review and submission
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Patti J. Exster
Grants Office Coordinator
Mears West, Rm 205

Areas of Expertise

  • Prospect research: building prospect pool for college priorities and funding opportunities for Williams faculty
  • Grants records management
  • Communications: maintenance of grants office website; publishing of monthly grants office newsletter, GO News; maintenance of GLOW Faculty Proposal Library
  • Cultivation/solicitation development: compiling materials for grant proposals
  • Post-award grants management/stewardship
  • Office management

Dean of the Faculty’s Office

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Megan T. Konieczny
Assistant Dean of the Faculty
Hopkins Hall

Provost’s Office

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Chris Winters
Associate Provost
Hopkins Hall

Controller’s Office

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Christina M. Gregory
Assistant Controller
Hopkins Hall