Kerry Peluso

Number of Years in Research Administration: 30

Institutions:  Florida State University, Emory University, University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers University


Kerry Peluso is a CPA and MBA with over 30 years of experience in research and grants administration. Her experience includes a background in both public and private Universities as well as experience in Medical and non-Medical institutions. She is the Associate Vice President for Research Administration at Emory University where she has held responsibility for oversight of both pre- and post-award (including financial) central administration functions.  This included oversight of the activities related to effort reporting, facilities and administrative rate proposal preparation/negotiation, and the administration of service center activities.  In her current role, she provides oversight for central pre-award and non-financial post-award activities.  She is also responsible for the development and implementation of research administration policies as well as oversight of general research administration support activities related to compliance, training, communication, system development, reporting, and research administration performance metrics.  Kerry has been a leader in the development, planning, and implementation of a successful restructure of the research administration infrastructure at Emory from a traditional departmental support model to a shared services organization.  


Prior to joining Emory in February 2007, Kerry held the position of Director of Post Award Financial Administration at the University of Pennsylvania. Her background also includes several years of experience as a Senior Accounting Manager at Rutgers University in the Division of Grant and Contract Accounting and five years of experience with proposal preparation and managing grants for non-profit organizations at the local/departmental level.  She has led the development of research administration certification educational programs at both Emory University and University of Pennsylvania.  Beyond grants and research administration, Kerry’s background includes five years of experience in tax, private and public accounting.  


Kerry served on the Council of Governmental Relations (COGR) Board of Directors, as a member of the COGR Research and Regulatory Reform Committee, was the Co-Chair of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) National Development and Leadership Committee, and serves as an NCURA Faculty Member for the Leadership Workshop.  She is an NCURA Peer Reviewer and has served in a variety of other roles for NCURA including serving as Regional and National Treasurer, Financial Research Administration Workshop Faculty Member, Co-Editor for NCURA’s Magazine, and Chair of NCURA’s Peer Review Select Committee. In 2011, Kerry received the NCURA Distinguished Service Award.  Kerry also holds an appointment at Rush University, College of Health Sciences where she teaches the Finance course for the Masters of Research Administration program.  She is a frequent speaker at national conferences.  

NCURA Peer Program engagements are priced as a flat fee, scaled to the sponsored programs total active award dollars in the last fiscal year, regardless of type of Peer Program engagement.