Jessica Durkin '97, '01Jessica portrait

Biology/Zoology
Northville, MI


Jessica Durkin is Chief of Staff to the Vice President for Research at the University of Michigan (U-M). In this role, she provides counsel to the Vice President for Research, the leadership team and the reporting units. Durkin works to set priorities and long-range plans, while executing strategies in support of the organizational mission. Previously, she served as associate director for research in the Medical School Office of Research, where she aided in executing the school's research strategy, establishing practice and policy, as well as providing counsel to its reporting units. A two-time NMU graduate, Durkin earned degrees in Biology and Zoology. She lives in Northville with her husband, Terence.

“I’m enthusiastic about being able to give back and serve NMU as a board member in recognition of the outstanding experiences I had while at NMU. There is something special about NMU that stays with you throughout life, and helping my fellow alumni embrace that only enhances my pride as a graduate of NMU.”