Rochester General Health System and the Rochester Institute of Technology have named an RIT official as managing director of the school’s and health system’s collaborative alliance.
Cindy Gray, RIT assistant vice president of government and community relations, is the first leader of the 11-month old joint effort. In the newly created post, Gray is to work with the alliance’s steering committee and with a consulting firm hired to help the group develop a strategic plan.
RIT and RGHS created the alliance last year to foster joint educational and research projects. On the research front, RGHS and faculty members are working on research grant proposals to the National Institutes of Health, and the school and the health system have cooperated on plans related to the H1N1 flu. Students have also gone into Rochester General Hospital operating rooms as observers as part of course work in several RIT degree programs.
In a statement, Gray, a 20-year RIT veteran who recently earned an MBA from the school, called her new job “the next logical step for me” and “an amazing opportunity, not only to help define RIT’s future with RGHS, but also to contribute in a meaningful way to the future of the Rochester community.”
In addition to her RIT duties, Gray serves as president of the Henrietta Chamber of Commerce board of directors, is president-elect of the Rochester Business Alliance Inc.’s Women’s Council and chairs the 2010 Athena Awards.
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