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“Get Interested in What You’re Doing and Give it Your All”

By SRAI News posted 08-13-2020 09:26 AM



“Get Interested in What You’re Doing and Give it Your All”

I am Pamela Denise Montgomery. I am running for an At-Large Board Member for the Board of Directors position with the Society of Research Administrators International. I have been serving the research community at Duke University in various capacities from subject matter expert in sponsored programs administration and finance, workshop facilitator, to mentor for over 20 years.

I am very dedicated, responsible, motivated, and a self-starter. My dedication is proven in how I like to follow a project through its fruition from the beginning to the end. That is a life lesson I’ve learned growing up as a daughter of a farmer. Hard work, dedication, and perseverance has followed me throughout my life as an educator in the public-school and college system, working as a public administration intern for the city manager to leadership roles in research administration. 

I have a very energetic and commitment attitude towards my volunteer work with SRAI. Having been a member of SRAI’s North Carolina chapter since 1999, I have held multiple positions including

  • President,
  • President-Elect,
  • Treasurer,
  • Co-chair of the chapter’s planning committee for its annual meeting, and
  • Chair of its membership subcommittee.

I’ve also volunteered on the Southern Section planning committee. Any time I’m needed to serve in any other areas, I’m there. Joining SRAI also took me back to my love of teaching. I was able to take on visiting lecturer positions and have also presented multiple times at SRAI-NC meetings and in other venues across the state and nation.

On my off time, I thoroughly enjoy my volunteer work in the community as well as working with young kids and teenagers. In 1998, my husband and I started a summer enrichment camp with four children since then each year we have 30 campers coming together for exciting learning opportunities.

My mother would tell me “get interested in what you’re doing and give it your all”. That’s exactly what I do and am doing right now. I’m running for an At-Large Member position and if elected I will give it my all. I am dedicated and ready to serve.

Authored by Pamela Montgomery, Assistant Director of Finance & Administration
Duke University
SRAI North Carolina Chapter Past President

Pamela Montgomery is one of the candidates for one of the two At-Large Board Members for the Board of Directors.

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Voting will run through 11:59 PM PDT on Thursday, August 20, 2020.

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