Amanda Thatcher, M.A., serves as the academic chief of staff in the Medical School. She supports the executive vice dean for academic affairs, providing executive oversight and leadership over multiple academic-related initiatives, senior leadership meetings and forums, communications priorities, and multiple additional staff and engagement duties. This includes department chair searches and department, center and institute external reviews. In 2020, she was appointed director of communications for the Medical School.
She earned her B.A. in journalism from Michigan State University and her Master of Organizational Leadership from Lewis University.
Prior to her working in the Dean’s Office, Thatcher served as the Manager of Communications, Clinical Education and Support in the U-M Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. In this role, she created and implemented the department’s communications and marketing initiatives while also managing the department’s administrative support staff. Her contributions included developing a strategic communications and marketing plan, launching an innovative staff awards and recognition program and implementing a revised staff support structure that better-aligned with faculty and departmental needs.
Thatcher is adept in executive communications, project management and problem solving. She is passionate about medical education and committed to supporting the important work of our academic enterprise.