As Assistant Vice President, Kristy Kuzmuk coordinates the overall operations of the Vice President for Economic Development and Innovation (VPEDI) office and leads strategic initiatives to strengthen the University of Illinois System's innovation pipeline and economic development efforts. Kristy serves as the budget officer for VPEDI and is the primary liaison for units reporting to the VP in initiating programs, strategic planning, and budget administration.
Prior to returning to the University of Illinois, Kristy was the Vice President of Operations at Precision Graphics, where she focused on improving operational efficiency and implementing a business strategy that enabled the company to be responsive to changing industry needs. She also served as the Vice President of Operations for GrafixMD, a software startup company.
Kristy received her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009, where she conducted research aimed at creating a genetically malleable porcine cancer model. While working on her PhD, Kristy obtained her MBA and completed an internship at the life science venture capital firm Burrill and Company in San Francisco. She was a Senior Manager with Illinois Business Consulting where she led numerous projects focused on the commercialization of technology, and earned a Graduate Certificate in Strategy and Technology Management through the College of Engineering. Prior to this, she conducted nutritional genomics research while working towards a Master’s of Science degree and earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Animal Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.