Kudos Corner | Patricia Buennemeyer

by Debra Schaller-Demers on Thursday, December 21, 2017

SRA International members rock! As research management and administration professionals, they never stop improving, learning, achieving, or earning new heights of success. We love sharing good news and offering a well-deserved slap on the back for recent personal and/or professional achievement. In keeping with that sentiment, please join with us as we congratulate Patricia Buennemeyer for her years of dedicated service to RACC and SRAI!


SRA International is a professional networking community of learners. One way to gain knowledge and expertise is to share our stories of successful achievements with our peers and colleagues. Often research managers/administrators are cast in the role of promoting, supporting and applauding others. While this may be gratifying in many respects, it is also healthy to have pride in one’s own accomplishments. Kudos Korner offers SRA International members a wonderful and respectful venue for sharing and “bragging.”

Patricia Buennemeyer, CRA, CPRA, CFRA
Director, Emeritus, Sponsored Programs
James Madison University
Director, Emeritus, Research Compliance
James Madison University
Chair, Emeritus, Research Administrators Certification Council

During her almost 40 years of experience in research administration, Patricia (Pat) Buennemeyer has been a member and devoted supporter of the Society of Research Administrators International (SRAI).

Since 1993, Pat was an integral part of overall efforts to raise the professional recognition of research administrators through the Research Administrators Certification Council (RACC) certification as a proponent, and then as a committed RACC board member. Pat says that: “Throughout, I have remained an advocate for the profession of research administration and have had the opportunity to work with some of the finest research administrators and communicate with some of the greatest professionals in the field of research administration.” Pat is a person known to individuals across our society and our profession.  She has long been a promoter of professionalizing the research administration field through certification and helping shape the leadership and certification program administered by RACC’s “Body of Knowledge” and professional certifications. She is also a well-known figure to newbies entering the profession who hope to expand their competencies and career path within our field: “My goal for supporting the Certification of research administrators was to raise the level of the profession.” Certification has been a major asset to our profession and Pat firmly believes it has advanced careers for countless research administrators. Pat has been a champion of professional development for research administrators throughout her career. 

Pat will be stepping down from her current RACC role this year, but while many think of Pat as the “face” of the Research Administrators Certification Council she is so much more. Pat was President of the Virginia Society of SRAI between 1999 and 2000 and served on the Chapter’s Board from 1994‐2000. She also was President of the Southern Section of SRAI from 1996‐98. She served on the SRAI Board from 2000‐2004. Pat has organized and presented numerous sessions for SRAI members at chapter, section, and annual meetings over the years. In fact, Pat developed SRAI’s first Section Leadership Guide, which has never truly been replaced. In 2016 Pat was honored at the SRAI Annual Meeting in San Antonio when she was presented with the Society’s highest honor – The Herbert B. Chermside Award for Distinguished Contribution to Research Administration.

Pat’s favorite quote:
“You can have everything in life that you want if you will just help enough other people to get what they want.” – Zig Ziglar


Have Something to Share in Kudos Korner?
If you would like to share your story – please see the criteria below with some examples of noteworthy items of interest to the SRA International community that could be submitted to The Kudos Korner:

  • Recently published papers (e.g., articles, chapters, books, etc.)
  • Presentations (e.g., posters, sessions, workshops, video, web, etc.)
  • Professional Awards and Prizes (e.g., grants, contracts, honorary prizes/awards)
  • Recently earned degrees or professional accreditation (e.g., CRA, CIP, etc.)
  • Other honors (e.g., promotions, contest winners, organizational citations/recognition)
  • Transitions (e.g., new jobs, homes, family, retirement)

Please note that we will try and publish as many submissions as possible each month, but SRA International reserves the right to delay publication for future use or to edit and/or omit at its discretion.

Send requests for more information and all submissions via email to Debra Schaller-Demers at schalled@mskcc.org. We will make all attempts to confirm receipt of your submission and inform you of acceptance for publication. Please use this wording in the Subject Line of your email: SRA Kudos

Be sure to include the following information:

  • Name (First, Last)
  • Degree
  • Organization/Affiliation
  • Email and phone number if we need more information
  • Geographic Location (City, State, Country)
  • SRAI Member Since _________ (YYYY)
  • A separately attached headshot jpg file
  • Description of your honor/accomplishment (limited to 500 words)

Authored by:
Debra Schaller-Demers
Director, Research Outreach and Compliance
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


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