Deborah Vetter is the director for the UNMC Sponsored Programs Administration, a position she has held since March 2001. She began her career in the field of research administration in 1986.
Vetter earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska Kearney in Communication Disorders. Nominated by her university president, Vetter attended Bryn Mawr College’s Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration in 1999, an intensive program for preparing women to assume senior positions in higher education.
Vetter is active at the regional and national levels of her professional organization – the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA). She has served on Region IV’s Board of Directors and several standing committees at the regional level, and on national committees for professional development, nominations and leadership development and financial management. She now serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for Report on Research Compliance, a publication featuring news and analysis for colleges, universities and teaching hospitals.
Before coming to UNMC, Vetter guided a community-based medical school and its partner institutions in developing proposals for external sponsors, resulting in grant awards from the National Institutes of Health and U.S. Department of Education. The grants helped to establish a community-academic health center committed to improving education of health professionals and the community's access to health services. As director for faculty development operations, she developed and administered school-wide programs to support research and facilitate external funding as well as designed programs and infrastructure to promote collaborative relationships between the basic and clinical sciences.