Dacia M. Balch, Academic Program Administrator

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Illustration © Mesa Schumacher, Class of ’15

Dacia is your go-to, your first-point-of-contact, for all MBI graduate program questions. She came to the Department in April, 2005, and ever since has been assisting Directors with running the program and admissions. She has helped guide numerous applicants through the admissions process offering counsel and advice on preparation, what courses to take, what to bring for interviews, confirming application materials, etc. She firmly believes the only bad questions are the nagging ones left unasked.

Dacia also works with current students in the department helping them navigate the world of the Hopkins Medicine graduate student. Advocating and planning, her mission is to shine light on the easiest path as students work to achieve their goals. Upon occasion, she also puts her experience in voice and theater to good use narrating for special projects.

With a strong background in customer service and project management, Dacia is a valuable asset for any venture. Meticulous with details and ready to research, she played an integral role during the most recent MBI program Accreditation.

In her spare time, Dacia is an active member of her local Alumni Chapter (“Hook ‘Em”), the Maryland Zoo, and the National Aquarium; a fan of the local craft scene; and a supporter of her local farmer’s market.

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University of Texas, Austin, TX
Bachelor of Arts, English, 2000

Lone Star College-NH, Houston, TX
Associate of Arts, 1998

Professional Experience

Academic Program Administrator
Department of Art as Applied to Medicine
The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, 2005 – Present

Manager, Residential Services
Pied-à-Terre Properties, Washington, DC, 2003-2005

Office Manager / Marketing Director
Polkinghorn Group Architects, Austin, TX, 2000-2002

Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Houston & Austin, TX, 1995-2000