Institutional Research and Planning Directors

The MASU Institutional Research & Planning Directors (IRPD) Committee consists of the officers at Michigan public universities who are focused on internal quality. Institutional research is a function of a university that measures the university’s performance and benchmarking. IRPDs use this data to inform the work happening on accountability, student success, and efficiency across the entire university enterprise. The IRPDs also report massive datasets of student, employee, and financial records to the state and federal governments, as well as ad-hoc reports requested by government and external stakeholders.

As with all MASU committees, during their convenings, members of the IRPD Committee provide insight on the implications of current state and federal policy issues and fiscal dynamics affecting Michigan’s public universities. Traditional and emerging higher education topics and trends are considered from the perspective of institutional research & planning directors, with particular attention paid to such issues as student success and retention, graduation rates, higher education financing, state partnerships, and data integrity.

Institutional Research and Planning Directors

Central Michigan University
Robert Roe, Executive Director of Institutional Research
Warriner 312
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859
(989) 774-7221
roe1rm@cmich.edu

Mary Meier, (Chair) Assistant Director of Institutional Research
Warriner 312
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan 48859
(989) 774-7221
meier1me@cmich.edu
Eastern Michigan University
Xunhang (Hank) Zhou, Institutional Research Analyst, Sr.
401 Pierce Hall
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(734) 487-0159
xzhou2@emich.edu

Ferris State University
Mitzi Day, Senior Research Analyst
1201 S. State Street - Timme CSS 201B
Big Rapids, MI 49307
(231) 591-3800
mitziday@ferris.edu

Beth Logan, Associate Director
1201 S. State Street - Timme CSS 306B
Big Rapids, Michigan 49307
(231) 591-3824
bethlogan@ferris.edu
Grand Valley State University
Philip Batty, Director of Institutional Analysis
2172 Au Sable Hall
Allendale, MI 49401
(616) 331-8648
battyp@gvsu.edu

Lake Superior State University
Deepak Patnala, Director of Institutional Research
650 W. Easterday AVenue, AD 205
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
(906) 635-2022
dpatnala@lssu.edu

Michigan State University
David Byelich, Vice President for Planning and Budgets
330 Administration Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1046
(517) 355-9271
byelich@msu.edu

Bethan Cantwell, Director of Institutional Research
426 Auditorium Road, Room 340
East Lansing, Michigan 48824
(517) 355-9273
cantwelb@msu.edu
Michigan Technological University
Richard J. Elenich, Director, Institutional Analysis
1400 Townsend Drive-UPPCO Building, Suite 101
Houghton, MI 49931
(906) 487-2763
rjelenic@mtu.edu

Northern Michigan University
Jason Nicholas, Assistant Provost
Institutional Research, Planning & Assessment
1401 Presque Isle Avenue
Marquette, MI 49855
(906) 227-2379
janichol@nmu.edu

Oakland University
Song Yan, Director of Institutional Research and Assessment
Wilson Hall Room 513
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
(248) 370-4146
songyan@oakland.edu

Saginaw Valley State University
Nick Wagner, Director of Institutional Research
122 Wickes Hall
7400 Bay Road
University Center, MI 48710
(989) 964-7072
njwagner@svsu.edu

University of Michigan
Tammy Bimer, Associate Vice Provost for Budgetary Affairs and Executive Director of Office of Budget and Planning
523 S. Division
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2912
(734) 763-9983
tammyc@umich.edu

University of Michigan - Dearborn
Becky Chadwick, Director, Institutional Research
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
(313) 593-5030
bjch@umich.edu

Christine Kelly-Williams, Associate Director, Institutional Research
4901 Evergreen Road - 240 ASC
Dearborn, Michigan 48128
(313) 593-5353
lautreun@umich.edu
University of Michigan - Flint
Fawn Skarsten, Director of Institutional Analysis
200 University Pavilion
Flint, MI 48502-1950
(810) 762-3327
skarsten@umich.edu

Wayne State University
Meihua Zhai, Assistant Vice President
656 W. Kirby Street
4070 Faculty Administration Building
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 577-2001
meihua.zhai@wayne.edu

Western Michigan University
Jason Jach, Interim Director, Institutional Research
1903 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
(269) 387-4387
jason.jach@wmich.edu

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