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Alumni Spotlight May 2016

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Lorrie Mills

Lorrie Mills '87

BS - Medical Technology & Minor in Chemistry
Henson School

MAJOR FIELD OF STUDY: Medical Technology

MINOR FIELD OF STUDY: Chemistry

CURRENT EMPLOYER: New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), United Arab Emirates

CURRENT OCCUPATION: Associate Dean, University Operations

DESCRIBE YOUR CAREER PATH:
My career in healthcare began shortly after I graduated from Salisbury State College (now SU) in May, 1987. I was employed as a medical technologist generalist at Easton Memorial Hospital in Easton, MD. That was the perfect fit for me since I spent a great deal of time there while doing my clinical rotations during my senior year. After working at Easton Memorial for 2 years, I decided to relocate to Baltimore, MD to pursue my graduate degree in toxicology & pharmacology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. I also worked part time as a clinical toxicologist at Maryland Medical Laboratories (now Quest Diagnostics, Inc.) while attending graduate school. After receiving my Master’s degree in May, 1992, several healthcare facilities recruited me to work for them. I subsequently worked at many healthcare facilities in the greater Baltimore area from 1992 to 2008 including Northwest Hospital Center, University of Maryland Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medical Laboratories, and Howard County General Hospital. In June, 2008, a great friend and mentor recruited me to work for him at Johns Hopkins Medicine International (JHI), the international arm of Johns Hopkins Medicine, as an international project administrator. In that role, I helped to build oncology, nursing, and pharmacy knowledge transfer programs with JHI’s managed and affiliate hospitals around the globe including the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Lebanon, Chile, Peru, Malta, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Panama, and Russia. I also assisted those hospitals with their College of American Pathologists (CAP) and Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditations by serving as their subject matter expert in the areas of pathology, radiology, clinical chemistry, point-of-care testing, and laboratory operations. Less than two years later, I was promoted to Assistant Director of Middle East and North Africa (MENA) projects. I remained at JHI until August, 2014 and then moved across the globe to the UAE where I am currently employed at New York University Abu Dhabi as Associate Dean of University Operations. I am really embracing the expatriate experience!               

MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU LEARNED WHILE ATTENDING SALISBURY UNIVERSITY:
The most important lessons that I learned while attending SU were time management and self-discipline. My senior year was crazy!! During that time, not only was I participating in required clinical rotations, but also taking required courses so that I could graduate on time. At one point, I was taking 21 semester hours. The days started early & ended late.

WHAT CAMPUS ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS WERE YOU INVOLVED WITH?
Dean’s List, Black Student Union

BEST COLLEGE MEMORY:
My best college memory was the months that I spent at Peninsula Regional Medical Center and Easton Memorial Hospital in clinical rotations. I really felt as though I was helping to save lives!

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SALISBURY UNIVERSITY?
I transferred to SU at the beginning of my sophomore year after completing my freshman year at Howard University in Washington, DC. Although I did well academically at Howard U, I absolutely hated living in DC. I chose SU because it was one of a few colleges in Maryland that offered medical technology as a major field of study.

IF YOU COULD DESCRIBE SALISBURY UNIVERSITY IN THREE WORDS, WHAT WOULD THEY BE AND WHY?
Affordable- I was able to receive a great, quality education without going into debt. Friendly- I made lifetime friends while at SU, especially with my fellow classmates who were also in the medical technology program. A few of us still keep in contact with one another. Serene- The quiet and simplistic atmosphere that SU offered was conducive to a great learning environment. I really enjoyed the slow, intimate pace that I experienced at SU.

FAVORITE VACATION SPOT AND WHY?
Eleven years ago, I traveled to Negril, Jamaica for my 40th birthday. During that vacation, I spent a few days visiting some of the schools. It was so surreal being able to interact, communicate, and engage with the students.

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:
I think I have several great accomplishments. One is that I was the first African-American to be inducted into Pocomoke High School’s chapter of the National Honor Society while I was in the 10th grade. I worked extremely hard and I was determined to achieve that goal. Another is that I was able to obtain my Master’s degree much sooner in life that what I had anticipated. I am a firm believer that no one becomes successful by his or her own efforts. My parents, sisters, & brothers made an abundance of sacrifices which helped me to achieve my educational and professional goals.

WHAT IS SOMETHING PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I own over 20 pairs of sneakers, I’ve traveled to 15 different countries, my favorite movies are “The Firm” and “Enemy of the State”, and my favorite Division I college men’s basketball team is the Duke Blue Devils. I’ve been a fan since 1979.           

HOBBIES/OTHER INTERESTS:
Exercising, eating healthy, hanging out with family & friends, surfing the Internet, enjoying great food, reading a good book on a rainy day, volunteering at homeless shelters, and watching the Baltimore Ravens whenever I can.
         

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