Nina Heard, senior administrative coordinator in the Controller’s Office, passed away on Aug. 21 from cancer. She was 60 years old.
Heard worked at the University for 17 years, joining the LMU faculty in 2004 as a payroll specialist. During her time at LMU, she played a key role in training student employees in the Controller’s Office. She also assisted the University with the implementation of myTime and Concur, which allowed LMU employment services to run more efficiently.
“Embodying cura personalis, Mrs. Heard was best known for her warm personality and positive attitude, always going the extra mile to assist with inquiries from the community,” wrote President Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D in a message to the LMU Community.
President Snyder also named Heard a “champion for student success.” Not only did she serve as a mentor for student employees working in the Controller’s Office, but she also served as a mentor for Verbum Dei High School’s Corporate Work-Study program. Over the course of 10 years, Heard was a supervisor for a number of students, aiding them in finding suitable career paths.
She was also involved in numerous LMU Wellness programs as she prioritized the well-being of her colleagues, taught Sunday school at her church and led Bible study at the L.A. County Juvenile Hall.
A Homegoing Service to celebrate Heard's life will be held on Sept. 10 at 10:30 a.m. This service is open to all family and friends. More details regarding the location of the service can be found in the announcement in LMU This Week. It will also be live-streamed for those who are unable to attend in person.