The Higher Education Consortia 2020-2021 Advisory Board

We are pleased to introduce the members of the Higher Education Consortia Advisory Board. The members of the board are highly qualified educational leaders from institutions that have participated in the Delaware Cost Study. Our goal, with their assistance, is to increase the quality and security of the study, improve the usefulness of the data and expand the scope of understanding with respect to the cost and productivity in Higher Education.

Michael Gass

(Retired) Vice Chancellor for Strategy and Analytics, University of North Carolina at Asheville

Dr. Michael Gass is retired Director of Institutional Research, Effectiveness and Planning at the University of North Carolina Asheville. He has twenty years of teaching and administrative experience in institutional research and information
technology within higher education, including prior service as Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness at Georgia College and Central Washington University, as Chief Information Officer at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and as a data warehousing and research analyst at two state agencies (in Georgia and Washington). He held faculty positions teaching philosophy earlier in his career. He earned a B.A. degree in chemistry and philosophy from Carson-Newman College, a Ph.D. degree in philosophy from Duke University, and a B.S. degree in computer science from Georgia College. His hobbies include disc golf, biking, watching his grandchildren grow, and sampling the many varieties of craft beer brewed in Asheville.

William Kaempfer

(Retired) Senior Vice Provost, Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, University of Colorado at Boulder

William H. Kaempfer is retired Senior Vice Provost, Associate Vice Chancellor for Budget and Planning and Professor of Economics at the University of Colorado Boulder. He joined the faculty at the University of Colorado in 1981 after earning his Ph.D. in economics from Duke University in 1979. He has also taught at the University of Washington, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the Claremont Graduate School, Claremont McKenna College and the College of Wooster. As Senior Vice Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor for Budget and Planning, Kaempfer is responsible for a variety of initiatives across the campus ranging from academic prioritization and new degree approval to managing the annual budget process for all schools and colleges, developing new revenue sources and strategic planning for space management and allocation. In addition, he was responsible for the reaccreditation of the campus by the North Central Association in 2000. Prior to his current position Kaempfer was Chair of the Department of Economics from 1995 to 1997 and Associate Chair from 1991 to 1995. In addition to his professional activities, Kaempfer is an avid birdwatcher who has seen over 425 species of birds in Colorado. He regularly leads field trips for birdwatching groups ranging from the Boulder Bird Club and the Boulder Audubon Society to the American Birding Association and the Colorado Field Ornithologists, of which he is now president.

Ann Lehman

Associate Vice President for Grants and Research and Chief of Staff, Saint Bonaventure University

Ann Lehman is Associate Vice President for Grants and Research and Chief of Staff, Saint Bonaventure University. Lehman, who has worked at St. Bonaventure for more than 20 years, previously served as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Director of Institutional Research, Registrar, and School of Business academic coordinator. Lehman holds a bachelor’s degree business administration from Clarion University, an MBA from St. Bonaventure, and a graduate certificate in Institutional Research from Penn State. Lehman has also aided in the university’s strategic planning as a member of the University Planning Commission and also served in key leadership roles as a member of the University’s permanent accreditation committee, co-chair of the Employee Benefits advisory committee and as a member of the University’s Academic Program Evaluation Committee. She is a member of the Associate for Institutional Research, the Northeast Association for Institutional Research and the Assessment Network of New York.

Carol Ann MacGregor

Vice Provost, Loyola University of New Orleans

Jeff Reynolds

Director, Academic Analysis & Reporting, Northern Illinois University

Jeff Reynolds is the director of Academic Analysis and Reporting at Northern Illinois University. The unit’s project portfolio is broad, including institutional reporting, decision support, and analysis services for the Office of the Provost, the Division of Academic Affairs, and the university generally. Jeff has served on a variety of institutional projects and strategic efforts, including NIU’s Higher Learning Commission Accreditation, the State of Illinois Performance Based Funding Refinement Committee, and NIU’s Data Warehousing Project. Most recently Jeff helped lead efforts in NIU’s Program Prioritization process, where he served as a Program Prioritization Coordinating Team member served as the university’s data/reporting lead on the Program Prioritization Data Support Team. Jeff has co-authored research and was project data manager for NIU’s NSF Advance Grant: “Developing Success in Mid-Career for Female STEM Faculty”. Prior to his current position, Jeff served as an Assistant Dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (2008 to 2011), where he was responsible for data production, predictive modelling, and was the Program Review Coordinator for the college’s academic departments/centers. Prior to his time at the college, Jeff taught Monetary Policy and other courses in the Department of Economics (1994 to 2008), where he also served as the Undergraduate Director and Academic Advisor.

Richard Riccardi

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Office of the Chancellor, Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education

Dr. Richard L. Riccardi is currently the assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs at Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). Most recently, he served as senior associate provost and dean of libraries as well as interim chief Information officer at Rider University. Prior to that he was the associate vice president for institutional effectiveness at Southern Connecticut State University, overseeing institutional research and assessment and planning. He served Southern as a Systems Analyst, Assistant Dean for Special Activities and the Summer School, Banner Student Team Leader, Assistant Vice President for Banner Project Implementation, and Director of the Office of Management Information and Research, an office created for him to be the “one-stop-shop” for campus informational needs. He also served on an interim basis as Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Library Director.