Dr. William R. Brody, President of the Salk Institute, is an acclaimed physician-scientist, entrepreneur and university leader. He joined the Salk Institute on March 2, 2009 after 12 years as president of The Johns Hopkins University. He is a national figure in efforts to encourage innovation and strengthen the U.S. economy through investments in basic research and education. Most recently, he has written and spoken extensively around the country to promote a fuller discussion of health care reform.
Renowned for his achievements in biomedical engineering, Dr. Brody has over 100 publications and two U.S. patents in the field of medical imaging, and has made contributions in medical acoustics, computed tomography, digital radiography and magnetic resonance imaging. These contributions have led to his recognition by numerous national and international organizations.
Dr. Brody is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the American College of Radiology, the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, the American Institute of Biomedical Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2010, he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Radiological Society of North America for his contributions to medical imaging science.
Dr. Brody received his BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his MD and PhD, also in electrical engineering, from Stanford University. Following post-graduate training in cardiovascular surgery and radiology at Stanford, the National Institutes of Health, and the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Brody was associate professor and then professor of radiology and electrical engineering at Stanford University (1977-1986). He has been a co-founder of three medical device companies: Digirad (acquired by Agfa); Resonex (acquired by General Electric); and Biopsys Medical (acquired by Johnson and Johnson). He served as the president and chief executive officer of Resonex Inc. from 1984 to 1987.
Dr. Brody serves on the board of directors of IBM, BioMed Realty Trust and T. Rowe Price Mutual Funds, and is a member of the board of the W.M. Keck Foundation. He formerly served on the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, the Science Board of the Food and Drug Administration, the Scientific Management Review Board of the National Institutes of Health, the Corporation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the board of trustees of Stanford University.
Vice President, Academic & Administrative ServicesRead Biography
Jennefer Collins is Vice President of Academic and Administrative Services at the Salk Institute. She is responsible for the education outreach programs, human resources, academic program management including immigration and postdoctoral services and graduate education affiliate programs, business information systems and the Salk library.
Prior to joining the Salk Institute in 2008, she served in higher education and health care administration, most recently as Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Additional positions held include Executive Officer, Biological Sciences at UCSD, and Director of Financial Affairs at the University of Southern California (USC), School of Dentistry. Ms. Collins has received many awards and honors, including awards honoring excellence in Academic Program Management at UCSD, and the Associated Student Body Award for Outstanding Service at USC. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California.
Vice President, External RelationsRead Biography
Rebecca Newman joined the Salk Institute as Vice President of External Relations in 2008. The Institute has since enjoyed an annual net increase in event profits, a historic fundraising cycle and exciting new community engagement through events such as Chihuly at the Salk, Explore Salk, the Salk Science & Music Series and Symphony at Salk. Her oversight of fundraising programs, donor relations and communications has helped dramatically develop the Institute's visibility, locally, nationally and internationally. In addition to leading her team to increase private giving by about 40 percent, Newman has been instrumental in guiding Salk's first major fundraising campaign to support scientific research, exceeding its $300 million goal more than a year ahead of schedule.
Newman brings more than 25 years of financial endowment development and capital campaign experience from the corporate and nonprofit worlds. Prior to joining Salk, she was Associate Vice Chancellor of Development at the University of California, San Diego, where she executed the historic conclusion of the university’s capital campaign by exceeding its $1 billion goal.
She has served as national president of the United Jewish Communities, national chair for the United Jewish Appeal Women's Campaign, campaign chair and president of the United Jewish Federation of San Diego and board member of the Jewish Community Foundation. Her long history of volunteerism includes helping design, fund and implement welfare and relief programs in Argentina, Cuba, Israel and the republics of the former Soviet Union.
A native of Chicago, Newman has a bachelor's degree in history and political science from the University of Michigan.
Vice President, Scientific ServicesRead Biography
Garry Van Gerpen has been the Vice President of Scientific Services at the Salk Institute since 2007, overseeing Facility Services, Information Technology, Security, Environmental Health & Safety and Animal Research. Additionally, he is responsible for all capital design, planning and construction at the Institute.
Van Gerpen joined the Institute in 1988 as the Facility Services Supervisor. He served as assistant and senior Director of Facility Services for 16 years before stepping into his current position. Before joining the Salk, he owned and operated a general contracting and construction company in Iowa.
He is a member of AIRI, the Association of Independent Research Institutes, as well as the Association of Energy Engineers and the Association of Higher Education Facilities.
He is certified in physical plant administration and facilities management from the APPA Institute for Facilities Management in Virginia, and has a BS degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Iowa.
Sr. Vice President, Chief Financial OfficerRead Biography
Kim Witmer is Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Salk Institute. She oversees all financial activities of the Salk, including financial reporting and treasury functions, research accounting, annual budgets, procurement, grants administration and endowment/investment management. Prior to joining the Salk, Witmer worked for the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche.
Witmer also acts as past President of AIRI, the Association of Independent Research Institutes, as well as serving on AIRI's Board of Directors and Government Affairs Committee. AIRI brings together nearly 100 independent, not-for-profit biomedical and behavioral research institutes whose mission is to enhance the ability of its members to improve human health and advance knowledge.
Additionally, Witmer served as the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine (SCRM), and currently holds a position on SCRM's Administrative Council as the Salk representative.
She is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a BS in business administration from San Diego State University.