ISCB Welcomes BJ, New Administrative Officer

The ISCB is pleased to welcome BJ Morrison McKay as our new full-time administrative officer. Based at the University of California, San Diego, McKay succeeds Stanley Jacob at Stanford, who has served as administrator for the past two years. BJ has some big shoes to fill, but she is equipped to take us to new levels in our growth as the predominant scholarly society for computational biologists.

McKay’s previous management experience has been based in the corporate world of hotels, hospitality and conference administration. With 20 years of sales experience behind her, she has managed staffs ranging from five to 15, and run the business development division of a California consulting firm with a national clientele. Her employers have included Four Seasons Hotels and Marriott, medical conference organizers AM Medica Communications, and a hospitality-consulting firm, The Karro Group, Incorporated.

It was her understanding of association management that attracted the ISCB to McKay, and McKay to the ISCB. She has spent years on the boards of local chapters of San Diego Women in Travel (SWIT), Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and Society of International Travel Executives (SITE). For those non-profit organizations, she upgraded the quality of MPI and SWIT’s membership directories, served as SWIT’s Newsletter Editor and Membership Director, acted as a board of directors parliamentarian and chapter support liaison for MPI, and served on the education committee of SITE. Most recently she has tackled the task of creating San Diego MPI’s Chapter of the Year submission, creating a 400 page document on the goals, accomplishments and activities for the fiscal year, which the international headquarters will judge among other entries from its 20,000-member organization.

When she’s not busy with Society business, McKay heads for the great outdoors. She enjoys hiking the California mountains and deserts with her husband, Jim, and their dog Whiskey, a Queensland Heeler, and is currently training for a three-day, 60 mile walk to raise funds for breast cancer research. She’s also a dedicated swimmer with a preference for outdoor lap pools, rain or shine, swimming an average of 5000 meters a week.

McKay says that organizational skills and the ability to get things done are essential to the success of her role. Her initiative and an entrepreneurial spirit are the elements that can help the ISCB to grow and thrive as a vibrant community of scientists, providing excellent services and benefits to its members. McKay can be reached at

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