Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Staff Q&A: Brent Smith, Senior Financial Administrator, Research Administration Services

Brent Smith

Brent Smith is a senior financial administrator in the office for Research Administration Services. Smith is responsible for managing a team of financial administrators and managing the financial process once a scientist receives a grant or award.

Where are you originally from?

I grew up in Pittsburgh and have lived in Chicago for about six years.

What is your educational background

I studied finance with minors in economics and French at the University of Pittsburgh.

Tell us about your professional background.

Prior to working for Northwestern, I worked at a large financial services company that brought me to Chicago. After years of working in the corporate world, I was looking for a place that valued more than just the bottom line. It is rewarding working with a world-class institution that highly values education and research. Great things happen at Northwestern and I am excited to be part of it.

How do you help scientists at the medical school?

We provide post-award financial administration to principle investigators. We assist them with financial planning on their projects with the goal of reducing administrative burden, so they can focus on their research.

What is your favorite part of the job

My favorite part of the job is collaborating with colleagues and faculty. The structure of Research Administration Services allows me to interact with many different departments, so I am always meeting new people. I also enjoy leading a great team of financial administrators. I could not ask for a better team!

What do you like to do in your spare time

I love just about any outdoor activity such as hiking, biking and swimming. I also recently started playing tennis. 

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