After 22 years of working in the healthcare industry, Janis Runkle made a switch from the clinical side of health care to the administrative side when she joined the Princeton staff in 2001. As business manager for University Health Services, Jan is responsible for overseeing budget, contract and materials management, and the golf cart program for students with disabilities. However, the job function that she values the most is supporting students and helping them receive the health care services they need.
Through the Auxiliary to the Isabella McCosh Infirmary
, Jan is able to focus her efforts on helping students. The Auxiliary, founded in 1902, established an emergency special needs fund to supplement the expenses for students who need assistance with deductibles, hospitalization bills, glasses, dental work and transportation needs. Jan also administers the mental health loan program, whi
ch provides financial assistance to help students pay for mental health services. Students may be eligible for loans of up that can be applied to ongoing mental health treatment. She proudly noted, “I really enjoy that I can help students and make a respectful experience for them during a vulnerable time.”
Jan also served as co-chair to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Task Force from 2002 to 2005 and 2007 to 2008, and was part of the team that created a proposal for the creation of the University’s LGBT Center
. She describes her work with the task force and center as "fulfilling" as she explained, “It has given me more than I have given it.”
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