Linda Cornish, MBA, CRA, CHRS, takes on dual appointment as the operations manager and as the newly appointed division administrator in the MSU College of Human Medicine’s Division of Public Health in Flint.
August 20, 2019
With more than fifteen years of executive management experience, Cornish is known for her transformational leadership, facilitating critical conversations, and her ability to focus on long-term operational business strategies.
As the division administrator for public health, Cornish will work in collaboration with the division director as a closely connected dyad to facilitate efficiency, effectiveness, and overall performance excellence.
She is well-qualified to provide business and administrative oversight while enabling the success of the division’s multiple missions, its faculty, and staff. Cornish is a Certified Human Resources Specialist, certified research administrator, and has completed the MSU financial administrator’s development series. She also serves on the inaugural Dean's Staff Advisory Committee as a staff advocate to represent the interests of Flint employees.
“Immersing myself in an educational environment has always been a passion," stated Cornish. "The work in Flint is interesting, challenging, and extremely rewarding. I am treated as an important member of the team as my skills and abilities are recognized. More importantly, the brilliant minds at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in Flint make incredible contributions to the local community. It feels great to have a role in that effort.”
Cornish has dedicated her career to Michigan State since 2008 when she was hired on as an office manager in the College of Arts and Letters. In this position, she became the first full-time administrator assigned to the African American and African Studies Department. This position was the beginning of her operations career with start-up enterprises.
Since 2014, Cornish has played an integral role in expanding MSU’s College of Human Medicine reach. As part of the college's strategic plan to create an off-campus medical education facility in Flint, she became the first administrative personnel hired for the role of operations and facility manager.
Cornish managed the launch of the Flint campus and is responsible for aligning all policies with main campus guidelines and procedures. She continues to implement systems for operational success and process improvement; maintains aesthetics of the facility; manages grounds maintenance, and builds relationships with community partners and the property management company.
Cornish is the first point of contact for new employees onboarding to the Division of Public Health.