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Rice University Appoints Sivakumar Jaganathan Assistant Vice Provost for Institutional Research and Analysis

August 2016 – Rice University named Sivakumar Jaganathan, who has 20 years of experience with institutional research at universities, Assistant Vice Provost for Institutional Research and Analysis. He assumed this position on August 16.

In his new role, Jaganathan will oversee the Office of Institutional Research (OIR), which produces data, metrics, reports, and analysis for internal use, as well as compiles and submits data to external sources. The OIR also collaborates with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and campus representatives on the implementation of campus surveys. Jaganathan will report jointly to the Provost and Vice President for Finance while supporting planning, resource allocation, and decision-making. He will also work closely with the Office of Information Technology to create Rice’s institutional data warehouse and reporting facilities.

“I am looking forward to working with Shiva and his team in the Office of Institutional Research,” Provost Marie Lynn Miranda said. “He has a demonstrated ability to develop and lead highly collaborative, cross-functional teams and is clearly committed to placing OIR’s analytical capability in service to departments and schools across campus.”

Previously, Jaganathan served as Executive Director for the University of Connecticut’s (UConn) Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness. At UConn, he created a data warehouse and oversaw the creation of an updated institutional research office to support accreditation and assessment. Jaganathan also held several leadership roles ranging from Senior Coordinator of Computer Applications to Regional Database Services Administrator at the University of Central Florida (UCF) for 18 years.

Jaganathan earned his MS and PhD in modeling and simulation at UCF while he was a senior software development engineer and project lead for the Florida Solar Energy Center. During this time, Jaganathan developed models to automate data collection and provide analysis.

Jaganathan, originally from India, received his Bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Madras, and his Master’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Central Florida.

Neumann Executive Search Partners’ Andy Evans, Beth Schaefer, and Melissa Trotta assisted with the search.