Heather Brown has been selected as the Associate Vice President for Institutional Research, Planning and Analytics, a newly formed unit that will serve as the primary source for institution-wide data that can be used in strategic planning. Her appointment begins Feb. 13.
Brown’s primary responsibilities include working across divisions to provide institutional data to key stakeholders for planning and implementation, as well as facilitating greater access to integrated information. She will also lead university business intelligence, data reporting and analytics functions and will coordinate and collaborate with the Academic Affairs research and planning office.
This position will report to the Vice President of Information Technology, with a dotted line reporting relationship to the University President.
“We are very excited that Dr. Brown is joining us,” says Vice President and CIO John McGuthry. “Her experiences with data reporting and analytics will have a great impact on the strategic planning initiatives that will emerge from the current process.”
Most recently, Brown served as the assistant vice president for institutional planning and research at Mount Saint Mary’s University. She was an active leader in the WSCUC accreditation, the transition and implementation of the university’s data visualization and dashboards, and the tracking of the university’s strategic plan. She has also served as the director for institutional research at Cypress College and the director for institutional research at El Camino College.
Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Puget Sound and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in applied social psychology from Claremont Graduate University. Her professional memberships include serving on the board of directors for the California Association for Institutional Research and as an accreditation team member for WSCUC.
President Coley notes that her “collaborative style and strong background in institutional research, coupled with her data analytics experience will extend and enhance our capacity to support the academic mission, student matriculation and institutional advancement.”
Special thanks are extended to the search committee for their time and diligence throughout the process, as well as those who provided feedback from the campus visits. The committee members are:
- Carol Gonzales, committee chair and associate vice president in the Division of Information Technology
- Xuguang (Steve) Guo, assistant professor in the College of Business Administration
- Mohammad Salehan, assistant professor in the College of Business Administration
- Rufus Gant, executive director in the Division of Administrative Affairs
- Tim Raymond, director in the Division of Information Technology
- Kevin Davis, business intelligence analyst in the Division of Information Technology
- Whitney Lopez, services analyst and committee support, Information Technology Division