Education, Social & Biobehavioral Leadership
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Pat Kuester has over 20 years of experience in administration and finance, including 9 years at the University of Kansas, where she previously worked as the Director of Finance and Planning at the Law School. As the Director of the Education, Social & Biobehavioral Shared Service Center, Pat is responsible for cultivating an environment of customer service and providing customized support to the departments served.
She is committed to providing strong leadership, continuous process improvement, staff development, and fostering effective and robust partnerships between the ESB SSC and the departments served.
ESB HR Manager
Matt Baker has worked in the Human Resources (HR) field since 2008, at the University of Kansas since 2010, and with the Shared Service Centers since 2014. Previous to his time with the SSCs, he has held positions within Human Resources Management and the Recruitment & Onboarding Center (ROC).
As a SSC HR Manager, Matt provides leadership and oversight in all transactional business processes involving HR, including recruitment, onboarding, appointment maintenance, and time & leave review.
ESB Research Manager
Kelly Blackburn began working at the University of Kansas in Lawrence in 2015. She earned the Certified Research Administrator designation in 2014 while working in the Office of Research Administration at Wichita State University. Prior to that, she worked at the KU-Wichita campus with the KU Clinical Trial Unit under the Department of Psychiatry.
Kelly provides leadership, support, and oversight to the ESB SSC Research Staff in her role as Research Manager. She works closely with the departments served by the ESB SSC, individual investigators, KU Office of Research, and other entities on campus to ensure researchers at KU are supported and successful in their research endeavors.
ESB Finance Manager