After a nationwide search, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has named as its new executive vice president and chief operating officer Steve Stadum, a lawyer by training and a Portland native with a track record of accomplishment at Oregon Health & Science University.
Stadum is currently the chief operating officer of OHSU’s Knight Cancer Institute, and recently he played a central role in helping to secure $1 billion in funding to launch a vast expansion of the institute. On July 5, he will join Fred Hutch as a key member of President and Director Dr. Gary Gilliland’s staff.
“He’s fantastic at building organizations,” Gilliland said. “He understands academics, he understands administration, and he knows how to put buildings up. I have the greatest respect for what he did at OHSU.”
When Nike founder Phil Knight offered OHSU a $500 million contribution in 2013, it came with a catch. The university had to raise funds for the challenge within two years or the offer would be withdrawn. Stadum worked to forge a partnership of private donors to raise money, and he helped engineer passage of a $200 million construction bond issue in the Oregon legislature. They met the goal last June, months ahead of schedule.
Stadum said the position at Fred Hutch, along with the quality of work being done at the center, the leadership and Seattle’s stature as a global city, “is probably the only job in the country that would have gotten me to leave my current job at the Knight Cancer Institute.”