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    Morehouse School of Medicine welcomes Dr. Quincy Byrdsong as new Vice President for Academic Administration and Chief of Staff

    Dr. Quincy Byrdsong assumes the position of Vice President for Academic Administration and Chief of Staff for Dean and Executive Vice President, Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice. In this role he will direct and manage the administrative functions of the Dean & Executive Vice President’s Office with operational responsibility for providing leadership in research and academic affairs to advance the science and health care missions of the institution.

    Dr. Byrdsong joins Morehouse from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he previously held the position of Associate Vice President for Health Sciences – Academic and Research Affairs.  He previously held the position of Executive Director of Research Administration and Compliance.

    During his tenure at Virginia Commonwealth, Dr. Byrdsong was instrumental in addressing issues related to the school’s success in clinical trials, including compliance and infrastructure.  He was also responsible for laying the foundation for the Clinical Trials Services Office and the Clinical Trials Implementation Plan. 

    Previously, Byrdsong served as the Administrative Program Director for Clinical and Translational Research for the School of Medicine and Chair of the Institutional Review Board at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee.  He has served in several capacities in academic medical centers including Director of the Meharry Institutional Review Board and serving as a Research Services Consultant for Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 

    Dr. Byrdsong specializes in training investigators in research compliance and establishing dynamic education programs and curricula in research administration, responsible conduct of research, and human subject’s protections.  He received his bachelors and masters degrees in Biology from Middle Tennessee State University where he became the institution’s first Patricia Roberts Harris Fellow in Biology, along with a graduate specialist of education in curriculum and instruction. He recently received his Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction at Tennessee State University.