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Executive Director for Institutional Research, Assessment, and Analytics

The University of South Carolina invites applications and nominations for the position of Executive Director for Institutional Research, Assessment, and Analytics (OIRAA). The successful candidate will have experience in higher education, familiarity with multiple data platforms, and a successful record of working with teams and communicating across complex organizations.  The Executive Director is a 12-month staff position.

The University of South Carolina’s Office of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Analytics (OIRAA) is led by the Executive Director who reports to the Office of the Provost. The OIRAA has official reporting responsibility for USC-Columbia and the University of South Carolina System. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing a current staff of 12 and coordinating across offices and campuses within the University of South Carolina System, provides leadership for institutional research, institutional effectiveness, and accreditation.  Academic Search is assisting the University of South Carolina with this search.  The start date is negotiable; however, having the person onboard no later than February 1, 2023, is preferred. Download the complete position profile [pdf].

The position is open until filled but only complete applications received by October 24, 2022, can be assured full consideration.  Mahauganee Shaw, Senior Consultant with Academic Search is assisting with this search. Request a conversation regarding this search at:  

Search Committee Chair

Samuel Todd 
Associate Dean
College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management

Search Administrator

Chakira Hogan
Office of the Provost


Pamela Bowers 
Associate Vice President for Planning, Assessment, and Innovation
Student Affairs & Academic Support

Kelly Epting 
Associate Vice President for Finance and Budget
University Budget Office

Nicole Spensley 
Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Research & Compliance
Office of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Analytics – USC Aiken

Jonathan Poon 
Assistant Director of Institutional Research and Analytics
Office of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Analytics

Mike Kelly 
Executive Director & Chief Data Officer
Division of Information Technology

Date Activity
May 20, 2022 -OIRAA Executive Director Search Paused-
September 21, 2022 OIRAA Executive Director Search Resumed
September 28, 2022 Re-Posting of the OIRAA Executive Director position via advertisements in various publications
October 19, 2022 Meeting of the Search Committee
October 24, 2022 OIRAA Executive Director position posting closes
November 1, 2022 Candidate Selection Meeting-- Search Committee
Week of November 7-11, 2022

Initial Interviews
Search Committee Meeting - Selection of Candidates for Finalist Interviews

Week of November 21 – 25, 2022 -Thanksgiving Recess-
December 14- 20, 2022 Campus Visits-- Finalist Interviews
Late December 2022 Appointment Made & Announced 
Candidate Information

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of Age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender (including transgender), gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDs status, military status, national origin, pregnancy (false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, childbirth, recovery therefrom or related medical conditions, breastfeeding), race, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other bases under federal, state, local law, or regulations.

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