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Personnel note: Kerry Peluso joins FSU’s research arm

Kerry Peluso has been named the new assistant vice president for research administration and finance to oversee the financial operations of Florida State University’s research enterprise, the university announced Wednesday.

Peluso will start Dec. 11.


She will succeed Associate Vice President for Research Olivia Pope, who is retiring after 24 years at Florida State, “where she oversaw unparalleled growth of research while also putting in place research compliance and reporting requirements,” a press release said.

Peluso now serves as associate vice president for research administration at Emory University where she oversees the offices that assist faculty with grant applications for public dollars and the management of the administrative requirements associated with those grants and contracts.

She also oversees the development and implementation of research administration policies related to compliance, training, communication, reporting and research administration performance metrics, the release said.

At Florida State, she will oversee the research budget and manage fiscal matters involving the Office of Research. She will assist Vice President for Research Gary K. Ostrander in developing policies and procedures related to research and oversee the Sponsored Research Administration.

“We are very excited to have an administrator of Kerry’s caliber joining our team at FSU,” Ostrander said. “Her extensive background in compliance, training and research administration performance metrics will be an excellent asset to the university as we continue to build our research portfolio.”

Peluso added: “I have been highly impressed by FSU’s accomplishments and commitment to research as well as the talented team who administratively supports this research. I look forward to joining this team and working together to ensure that our researchers receive the best support possible.”

She also has served as director of Post-Award Financial Administration at the University of Pennsylvania and senior accounting manager at Rutgers University in the Division of Grant and Contract Accounting. At both Emory University and the University of Pennsylvania, she led the development of research administration certification educational programs.

Peluso is a certified public accountant and holds a master’s in business administration from Rutgers University.

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