Blake Cannon

Blake Cannon

Blake Cannon is Director of Institutional Research at Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas. He began working in higher education in 2006 as Data Manager at the CSRDE and was Director of Institutional Research at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville prior to his current position. He has experience in database programming and web design and has created many web applications, including an early alert system, check-in systems for various departments within the college, and the CSRDE quick query system. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin in Biochemistry and his Masters of Public Health at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center in Biostatistics. He also graduated from the ACC Leadership Institute.

Mardy T. Eimers

Mardy T. Eimers

Mardy T. Eimers is Vice Provost for Institutional Research & Quality Improvement at the University of Missouri. Prior to his current position, he served as a faculty member at Iowa State University and Hastings College in Nebraska. Dr. Eimers has been involved in the Association for Institutional Research, serving as an editor (AIR Professional File), chair of the Publications Committee, and as a member of the AIR Board. He currently heads the graduate education working group for the AAU Data Exchange. Leading an office of five professionals, his work focuses on initiatives such as faculty satisfaction, campus metrics, policies tied to data and access, and academic program review. Dr. Eimers holds a B.A. from Simpson College, an MBA from Drake University, and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University.

Ronald Heusman

Ronald L. Huesman, Jr.

Ronald L. Huesman, Jr. (Ron) is the Director of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Policy Analysis at the University of Minnesota. OIR collects and analyzes data for compliance and internal reporting, institutional planning, and assessment efforts, conduct analyses, and policy relevant research that informs decision-makers across the system. Ron works closely with other institutions to develop comparable data for benchmarking purposes and promotes the use of these data to inform decisions that support the University’s strategic mission. These activities are augmented by the support of two external agencies housed in OIR (Student Experience in the Research University Consortium (SERU) and the Association of American Universities Data Exchange (AAUDE). Ron earned a Ph.D. in Educational Measurement and Statistics from the University of Iowa.

Glenn W. James

Glenn James has developed his knowledge of research, planning, and analysis through work experiences at Tennessee Tech University, Baylor University, and Virginia Tech, as well as through involvement and leadership roles in institutional research at multiple levels. He has served as President of the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), the Southern association (SAIR), and the Texas and Tennessee associations (TAIR and TENNAIR). At Tennessee Tech University, he served as Director of Institutional Research, as university accreditation liaison, and as a tenured member of the graduate faculty. He earned doctoral and master’s degrees from Virginia Tech and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Julie P. Noble

Julie P. Noble, a former Principal Research Scientist in the Research Division at ACT, conducts research on differential achievement by racial/ethnic and gender groups; college readiness, admissions, and developmental/remedial course placement; and longitudinal college success. A former music educator, she completed Master’s and doctoral degrees in Educational Research and Statistics and began working as an educational researcher/analyst at ACT in 1984. She officially retired from ACT in 2014.

DeLaine Priest

DeLaine Priest obtained her undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Master of Art in Counselor Education from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. She received her Doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Priest serves as Associate Vice Provost, Student Success and Advising in the division of Student Learning and Academic Success (SLAS). Under her leadership the University has nationally received the following awards and recognitions: NACADA Outstanding Institutional Advising Program, NACADA Outstanding Electronic Publication Award, NCLCA/LSCHE Website Excellence Award, NASPA Exemplary Program Award, First Year Experience (FYE) Student Advocacy Award, and the Noel-Levitz Retention Excellence Award. Dr. Priest joined the University of Central Florida (UCF) in 1994 and provides leadership, strategic planning, and supervision to several student success units. She also provides oversight for centralizing components of academic advising at the University level.

Reginald Ross

Reginald Ross

Dr. Reginald Ross has 30 years of experience in higher education including 20 years of experience in enrollment management at universities in New Jersey, New York, and Maryland. He joined William Paterson University as Vice President for Enrollment Management (VPEM) in June of 2014. Previously he served as Associate Provost and Dean of Admission at LIU Post campus; Vice President for Enrollment Management at Coppin State University; and Dean of Enrollment Management at Montclair State University. He began his career as a faculty member at Bloomfield College before becoming Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management. He is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana; and earned his master’s and doctorate from Stevens Institute of Technology in applied psychology.

Jessica Shedd

Jessica Shedd

Jessica Shedd is Assistant Provost for Assessment & Institutional Research at Tulane University. Her previous roles in institutional research at the University of Texas System and the University of Maryland, as Director of Research and Policy Analysis at NACUBO, and as a senior member of the IPEDS team at the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center of Education Statistics, have allowed her to develop a broad knowledge of higher education, research, and policy analysis. She has served on the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Board of Directors, the Northeast Association for Institutional Research (NEAIR) Steering Committee, and in a variety of other professional service roles. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the College of the Holy Cross and her Master’s Degree from Stanford University.

Previous Advisors

Myrtes Dunn Green, Associate VP for Academic Affairs, Stillman College

Charles W. Donaldson, Vice Chancellor Emeritus of Educational and Student Services, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Philip Garcia, Director of Analytic Studies, California State University

Marsha Hirano-Nakanishi, Assistant Chancellor of Academic Research, California State University

Rich Howard, Director, Institutional Research, University of Minnesota

Marsha Kelman, Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Office of Institutional Studies & Policy Analysis, University of Texas System

Gerald W. McLaughlin, Director, Office of Institutional Planning & Research, DePaul University

Josetta McLaughlin, Associate Professor of Management, Roosevelt University

Patrick Perry, Vice Chancellor, California Community Colleges System

Jeffrey A. Seybert, Director of Research Evaluation & Instructional Development, Johnson County Community College

Rob Stirton, Director, Institutional Research, Schoolcraft College

Edward Sullivan, Assistant Vice-Chancellor of Academic Research, California State University

Jane Zeff, Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, William Paterson University