Administrator Beth Blackburn to retire from UNMC

Beth Blackburn

Beth Blackburn, the first administrator for the UNMC IACUC since its formation in 1990, will retire from the med center March 15 after more than 35 years as an employee.

Blackburn joined UNMC’s liver transplant program as an administrative assistant in 1987 before being recruited as administrator to the Office of Animal Care and Use and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

In 2007, she was honored with UNMC’s Gold U Award from the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

“It is unlikely that there is an IACUC protocol that has been approved at UNMC in the last 34-plus years that hasn’t passed through her hands,” said Manju George, MVSc, PhD, senior IACUC research analyst.

Ernie Prentice, PhD, who was tasked with creating UNMC’s IACUC, recruited Blackburn to her role.

Dr. George said Blackburn was one of the first in the country to earn Certified Professional IACUC Administrator certification.

Blackburn’s colleagues credited her with having a deep understanding of the processes, rules and regulations in the field.

Said Rebecca Bogatz, a fellow IACUC administrator, “Beth was a great mentor to me and all who have worked with her. We will be sad to see her go and miss her vast knowledge of research regulations.”


  1. Marcela Williams says:

    Congratulations on your retirement!

  2. Lori Clapper says:

    Congratulations Beth! Enjoy your retirement.

  3. Harold Schultz says:

    Congratulations on a fine career Beth! We are losing a great asset with your knowledge and dedication. Enjoy retirement!

  4. Shantaram Joshi says:

    Thank you Beth for your many years of outstanding service!!! We are going to miss you in a big way.

  5. Larisa Poluektova says:

    Dear Beth, I will miss you. I wish you the best!

  6. Bryan Katafiasz says:

    Thank you, Beth, for all the help over the years. Wishing you a wonderful and joyful retirement.

  7. Tara Rudebush says:

    Congratulations Beth! You will be missed. Enjoy your retirement.

  8. Rebecca Bogatz says:

    Going to miss you and all your wisdom. Now who will I clean up after! Thank you for everything you’ve taught me the past 16 years. I hope you enjoy all your free time with family. Especially your grandkids. You deserve it!

  9. Tami Wells says:

    Thank you so much Beth for all you have done for the IACUC and researchers over the years! You will be missed! Enjoy your retirement!!

  10. Siwei Zhao says:

    We will miss you Beth!

  11. Tricia Rump says:

    Enjoy your retirement, Beth. You will be missed.

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