Stacey Schultz-Cherry, Ph.D., of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has been named Associate Dean of Students at the St. Jude Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
In that role, Schultz-Cherry will serve as the liaison for students who need assistance on any issues, including Title IX or professional and career development. She will also help develop policies and codes of conduct for students at the St. Jude Graduate School and other graduate students on campus.
“Dr. Schultz-Cherry will perform a critical role in the St. Jude Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences,” said Stephen White, DPhil, dean of the St. Jude Graduate School. “Our degree granting programs are very demanding and the students often need help to navigate the many stressful challenges on their day-to-day lives. I cannot think of a more qualified person to help the students in this way. She has wonderful personal qualities and vast experience in mentoring graduate students throughout her highly successful career as a researcher and educator.”
Schultz-Cherry has long been a mentor for graduate students and has several students working in her lab in the St. Jude Department of Infectious Diseases, where she will remain a member. She is also deputy director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Studies on the Ecology of Influenza in Animals and Birds, which is based at St. Jude.
“As we continue to enroll more students, there will always be student-related issues and interactions with faculty where a dean of students can assist,” Schultz-Cherry said. “I welcome the opportunity to help guide the school and the students. It will be a lot of work, but I’m excited about what I can bring to this position and working with the Graduate School faculty, staff and students.”
Her appointment was affective June 1.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and cures childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments developed at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to 80% since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. To learn more, visit stjude.org or follow St. Jude on social media at @stjuderesearch