OVPR Staff

Research Contracts Administrator

Kathy Purnell Kathy Purnell


Research Contracts Administrator
(269) 387-8269 || 231W Walwood

Contracts/Subcontracts for all colleges/units

Open office hours, Wednesdays, 1 pm - 5 pm in Walwood 231 W or by appointment

A.B., Harvard University
Ph.D., Cornell University
J.D., DePaul University, College of Law

Service Areas: Primary and Subcontracts associated with external funding across the University

Area of Specialization/Research:
Dr. Kathy Purnell (OVPR's Research Contracts Administrator (Pre-Award Contracts)) is a licensed attorney in the state of Michigan and a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. Her positions prior to OVPR have included serving as the Director of External Funding and Special Projects for the Physical Sciences Division of the University of Chicago, and as Associate Director of Foundation Relations at the University of Chicago. Previous positions at WMU have included serving as WMU's first University Service Learning Coordinator and as an instructor in WMU's Political Science Department and First Year Experience Program.

Office of the Vice President for Research
Western Michigan University
210 W Walwood Hall
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5456 USA
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