Stan Jackson, Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), in the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) will be retiring from UMBC after 32 years of USM service, including nearly 12 at UMBC. Please join us in wishing Stan well as he transitions into retirement life:
- WebEx Celebration on Thursday, October 21, 2021, from 10-11 a.m. Please block the time on your calendar and join us using this link. Please sign this e-card before October 21.
- An in-person buffet luncheon on Thursday, October 21, 2021, from 1-4 p.m. in Catonsville. Please reach out to Dean Drake at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending. We will have something at the event for you to sign.
When Stan first joined USM, he started as an Accounting Associate with the Maryland 4-H Foundation, then worked as an accounting associate for UMCP’s contract and grant accounting office, before moving to the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute (UMBI). He then became a Contract and Grant Administrator for the central research office and Business Manager for the Center of Marine Biotechnology at UMBI. Continuing his support at the departmental level, he moved to UMCP’s Department of Psychology before coming to UMBC’s OSP as a Grants and Contracts Manager in 2009. In 2015, Stan was promoted to Assistant Director of OSP, and then to Director of OSP in 2017. While serving as the OSP Director Stan was integral in the implementation of Kuali, a key platform necessary to support the continued growth of UMBC’s research and creative achievement activities. Stan also developed and implemented a telework plan for OSP-- the first in OVPR--and worked with the AVP on a long-term reorganization of OSP position descriptions that improved efficiencies, created transparent career paths, and decreased staff turn-over.
Stan is a Certified Research Administrator (CRA). He has presented at numerous National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) national and regional meetings over the years and has served on the Regional NCURA Program Committee. He was also a NCURA Mentor in its “Mentor Me” program. Last, but certainly not least, Stan successfully proposed and was awarded a NCURA Global Fellowship Travel Award in 2019, which improved UMBC research administrative collaborations with our Japanese partners at Kyushu University.
In his personal life, Stan is an active member of the Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, serving as Chair of the Board of Director and Chair of Global Missions, as well as participating in international service to collaborating schools in Namibia and Guatemala. He has also provided mentorship and religious education to the people in his congregation and has used his cooking and BBQ expertise in preparing and making food for select church events. Stan is married with one daughter and one granddaughter, whose pictures he is quick to share. He loves to cook and was once part of a competitive BBQ team, even creating his own “Bubba” BBQ sauce. His smoked salmon and Canadian bacon were always the most sought after gift at the annual OSP holiday gift exchange.
Stan has always brought laughter, fun and, of course, food to his endeavors at UMBC. While we will all miss Stan, please join us in wishing him nothing but happiness as he embarks on his next journey.
Stan’s last day on campus is Friday, October 29, 2021.