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The Higher Education Consortia 2020-2022 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 Cost Study. In partnership with HEC’s senior leadership, the Advisory Board supports the Consortia’s mission and provides guidance to: improve The Cost Study’s data quality and security, maintain the highest ethical standards regarding accuracy and integrity of data use, and contribute to the refinement and innovation of data.

Carol Ann MacGregor (Chairperson)

Vice President Academic and Dean, St. Jerome’s University

Carol Ann MacGregor, PhD is the Vice President Academic and Dean at St. Jerome’s University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Dr. MacGregor was previously the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at Loyola University New Orleans where she oversaw a broad portfolio including Institutional Research Institutional Effectiveness. She holds a PhD in Sociology from Princeton University. Her quantitative research has been published in places such as American Sociological Review, Social Science Research, and Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. A scholar of religion, organizations, and K-12 education, her academic and administrative interests now align in the sociology of higher education.

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Michael Gass

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

Dr. Gass has twenty years of professional experience in institutional research and information technology within higher education, including leadership positions in institutional research at three institutions, a stint as CIO at another institution, and employment 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. Dr. Gass 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. Since retirement in 2020, Dr. Gass has served as a consultant for university data operations, initiated a program of research on historical trends in degree production and workforce diversification in American higher education, and resumed a long-standing scholarly interest in seventeenth and eighteenth century European philosophy.


William Kaempfer

(Retired) Senior Vice Provost, Associate Vice Chancellor for Budget and Planning and Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of Colorado at Boulder

William H. Kaempfer is retired Senior Vice Provost, Associate Vice Chancellor for Budget and Planning and Professor Emeritus 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 was 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 administrative 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 almost 700 species of birds in the US. He regularly leads field trips for local, state, and national birdwatching groups in Florida Colorado, Texas, and California.


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.

Richard J. Reeves (ex officio)

Associate Vice President for Institutional Research and Effectiveness, University of Delaware

Richard Reeves joined the University of Delaware in January 2019. Previously he worked at the National Center of Education Statistics where he was the Chief of the Postsecondary Branch and led the IPEDS data collection since 2013. He began his federal service at the U.S. Department of Energy where he was the chief of the Survey Methods Branch of the Energy Information Administration (’10-‘13). Prior to his work with the federal government, he was the inaugural Director of Research for the National Student Clearinghouse (’06-‘09), a Senior Researcher at Cornell University (’00-’06), and the Director of Enrollment Research and Technology at Johns Hopkins (’97-’00). A graduate of Frostburg State University, he earned a master’s degree in experimental psychology at Towson University and a master’s degree in statistics at Cornell University. An engaging presenter, Richard has given numerous presentations, workshops, keynote addresses on topics related to enrollment management, student estimation, data system design, time to degree, federal reporting standards, and topics related to postsecondary education policy. At UD, Richard works on tasks related to analytic systems and reporting, data governance, the Cost Study, accreditation, and other work related to measuring and estimating the institution.

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.


Past Board Members

Maria Calzada – Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Loyola University – New Orleans

Jeff Reynolds – Director, Decision Support and Analysis, Northern Illinois University

John Sawyer (ex officio) – (former) Associate Provost, Institutional Research and Effectiveness, University of Delaware