Coreen Rodgers will step down as chief operating officer of the Keck School of Medicine on Aug. 1 to assume the role of chief financial officer and vice president at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Gardens in San Marino, CA. She will be responsible for the management of a $450 million endowment and the annual operating budget.
Rodgers was appointed chief operating officer in 2007. During her tenure at USC, she was instrumental in transforming the Keck School’s administrative and financial structure, and she leaves the Keck School in its best financial position in history. Reporting directly to the Dean, Rodgers oversaw the Keck School’s annual budget of $750 million, coordinating and managing the School’s research activity, the clinical departments, various areas of administration and education, as well as the contract with the County of Los Angeles.
Among her many accomplishments at USC, Rodgers led the integration of 19 separate clinical practice corporations in USC for over 500 faculty physicians, led the financial planning prior to acquisition of USC University and USC Norris Hospitals from the Tenet Healthcare Corporation, developed integrated financial statements for the clinical and basic science departments and installed a new general ledger system at the medical school.
Dean Carmen A. Puliafito called her an “outstanding financial troubleshooter who helped many of us solve a wide variety of financial challenges. She was an excellent liaison to the Provost’s Office and the Keck Medical Center of USC. Medical schools are complex, difficult and often times perplexing institutions. Coreen made many positive contributions to benefit our students, patients and faculty.”
Rodgers said, “My experience at USC has been so rich and rewarding because of the many talented individuals and exciting projects at the University. After working with Dean Puliafito for the past thirteen years, I must thank him for this extraordinary opportunity to come to California, and for the trust and guidance he has always given me. The Chairs and administrators have accomplished so much for the departments of the medical school; I am so proud of our current state of affairs and will miss the daily interactions with my wonderful Keck colleagues.”
A search for her successor will begin immediately.