Donna Randall, Ph.D., MBA, is Named Chief Executive Officer of the Cancer Prevention Institute of California

Fremont, California (EastBayDaily) — The Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC) has announced the appointment of Donna M. Randall, Ph.D., MBA, as chief executive officer, effective immediately. Dr. Randall joins CPIC after serving the past year as chancellor, and the prior six years as president, of Albion College, a highly regarded liberal arts college in Albion, Michigan. Dr. Randall was the first woman to serve as president of the college in its 178-year history.

“Donna is a distinguished academic and business executive, and the board is pleased to welcome her at this important time in our history,” said Board Chair Samuel Bronfman II. “Just last month we celebrated our 40th anniversary as a cancer research institute focused solely on prevention. The organization has changed and evolved over that time, and Donna now has a unique opportunity to shape and guide the future of CPIC.”

“As a high-level leader in the university and college setting, Donna is an adept strategic planner and a proven effective fundraiser, both skills that translate well into her role at CPIC,” Bronfman said. “Her experience fostering business and community partnerships, and raising awareness at the national level, is of immense value to CPIC as we seek new ways to expand funding opportunities going forward.”

In her role as CEO, Dr. Randall will work to advance CPIC’s mission of large-scale impact on cancer prevention by collaboratively overseeing the staff, including 17 Ph.D.-level research scientists. She will expand alliances and partnerships, seek to raise the organization’s visibility, and actively pursue fundraising projects.

An accomplished speaker and educator, Dr. Randall will serve as a national advocate for cancer prevention research through keynote presentations, publications and outreach efforts.

“I am deeply honored to serve in a leadership role in an organization that, through research and education, benefits so many people,” Dr. Randall said. “Members of my extended family, as with most families, have been touched by cancer. CPIC is fortunate to have an outstanding group of talented research scientists and staff who are dedicated to preventing cancer in our generation and those that follow.”

In addition to Albion College, Dr. Randall has served in senior positions throughout her career in both private and public educational institutions, beginning as a faculty member at Washington State University in the department of management and systems. She later served as chair of that department, which led to her appointment as dean of the Fogelman College of Business and Economics at the University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee.

As one of a small number of women at the helm of an accredited business school at the time, Dr. Randall was instrumental in forming strategic partnerships with business and community leaders. A collaboration with FedEx, the largest employer in Memphis, resulted in creation of a technology institute. Additional funds were raised to support a teaching fellowship program, scholarships and innovations in technology.

Dr. Randall went on to become provost of the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut, where she led faculty in seven schools and colleges and oversaw the office of grants and contracts. She joined Albion College in 2007.

At CPIC, she succeeds Sally L. Glaser, Ph.D., who served as CEO for five years before stepping down in November of last year to return full focus to her role as a senior research scientist and director of CPIC’s Greater Bay Area Cancer Registry. The organization has been co-managed in the interim by Chief Operations Officer Reed Goertler and Chief Scientific Officer Ann Hsing, Ph.D.

Dr. Randall has served as a board member of more than 15 corporate, community and policy organizations. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and received both a doctorate in sociology and a master of business administration from Washington State University. She completed her undergraduate work in sociology at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Cancer Prevention Institute of California The Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC) is the nation’s premier organization dedicated to preventing cancer and to reducing its burden where it cannot yet be prevented. CPIC tracks patterns of cancer throughout the entire population and identifies those at risk for developing cancer. Its research scientists are leaders in investigating the causes of cancer in large populations to advance the development of prevention-focused interventions. CPIC’s innovative cancer prevention research and education programs, together with the work of the Stanford Cancer Institute, deliver a comprehensive arsenal for defeating cancer. For more information, visit CPIC’s official website at


Jana Cuiper