JIm Durbin - New Executive Director of Development

The Norman Transcript
January 31, 2016 

The Dean McGee Eye Institute has a new executive director of development  

Jim Durbin has been appointed as the Dean McGee Eye Institute’s (DMEI’s) new Executive Director of Development.

In this position, he will provide oversight and direction to the fundraising, communications, and marketing efforts of the Institute and work to increase awareness of, and financial support for, DMEI.

“I am honored to join an organization with such a fantastic reputation for outreach, research, and education as the Dean McGee Eye Institute,” states Durbin. “The Institute cares for patients from across Oklahoma and from surrounding states, many of whom cannot afford to receive care anywhere else. In addition, DMEI’s reputation for research and education is known throughout the U.S., and indeed, around the world.”

DMEI President and CEO Gregory L. Skuta, MD, shared, “Jim Durbin is a highly experienced and skilled professional who will further enhance the success of the Eye Institute in the months and years ahead.”

Durbin earned his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma.

He worked with World Neighbors, Inc. for approximately 10 years, including more than four years as the senior grants associate. Durbin later served as director of institutional advancement for Mount St. Mary Catholic High School in Oklahoma City, and then as Executive Director of the INTEGRIS Rural Health Foundation.

Since 2010, Durbin has worked as executive director of the Oklahoma Health Care Workforce Center, addressing the state’s health care workforce needs.

In this role, he also developed The Clinical Hub, a web-based software system for scheduling and managing health care student clinical rotations.

Durbin states, “I look forward to using the lessons I’ve learned from my previous experiences to help continue the great work DMEI has done over the past 40 years.”


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