SUNY New Paltz names new assistant vice president for institutional research

Suny New Paltz web portraits.The State University of New York at New Paltz announces the appointment of Lucy Walker as the College’s new assistant vice president for institutional research. She will assume her new role on June 1.

In this role, which reports to the College President, Walker will consult and collaborate with administrators, faculty, and staff to meet institutional information needs for program review and accreditation activities. She will collect, analyze, interpret, and make available data critical to the College’s budgeting, enrollment management, program assessment, decision making, and external reporting. Walker will also advise in the development of strategies to assess and enhance institutional effectiveness, especially in student learning outcomes, retention, and graduation rates.

Since July 2013, Walker has served as the interim assistant vice president for institutional research. In that position, she responded to the data requests and reporting needs of the campus, coordinated internal campus and student surveys and campus participation in two national surveys (the National Survey of Student Engagement and the Admitted Student Questionnaire). She also managed the Student Evaluation of Instruction (SEI) process and responded to all mandated federal, state, SUNY, and accreditation reports for 2013-2014.

“I have been impressed with Lucy Walker’s ability to manage the responsibilities of this position with such distinction this past year, and with her exceptional collaboration with other people and units that depend on our institutional research office. I am delighted that she has accepted this role,” said President Donald P. Christian.

“I am honored to have been chosen for this position and I look forward to continuing my work as part of the New Paltz community and supporting the College in its mission,” said Walker.

Walker previously served as a senior research analyst in the Office of Institutional Research & Planning from 2007 to 2013, and was as a programmer in IT/Computer Services from 1998 to 2007. She currently serves as a member of the College’s Strategic Planning Council.

Walker holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the University at Albany and a Master of Science degree in computer science from SUNY New Paltz.

She fills a vacancy created by the departure of Jackie Andrews, who retired in July 2013.