Institutional Research & 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.



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, MI 48859
(989) 774-7221
meier1me@cmich.edu

Eastern Michigan University

Position Vacant, Assistant VP & Executive Director Institutional Research
346 McKenny Hall
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(734) 487-4924


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, MI 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, Assistant Vice President, Planning and Budgets
330 Administration Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1046
(517) 355-9271
byelich@msu.edu

Brent Johnston, University Budget Officer
320 Administration Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1046
(517) 353-5519

John1096@msu.edu


Bethan Cantwell, Assistant Director, Institutional Studies

Offices of Planning & Budgets
426 Auditorium Road, Room 340
East Lansing, MI 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

Office of Institutional Research and Assessment

Wilson Hall Room 513

371 Wilson Boulevard

Rochester, MI 48309-4401

(248) 370-4146

songyan@oakland.edu


Michele Knox, Assistant Vice President, Budget & Financial Planning
Wilson Hall Room 517
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, MI 48309-4486
knox2@oakland.edu

Reuben Ternes, Assistant Director, Office of Institutional Research
(248) 370-2559
ternes@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

The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
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

The 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, MI 48128
(313) 593-5353

lautreun@umich.edu

The 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
Office of Institutional Research and Analysis

656 W. Kirby Street

4070 Faculty Administration Building

Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 577-2001

meihua.zhai@wayne.edu

Western Michigan University
Fen Yu, Director, Institutional Research
1903 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
(269) 387-4428

fen.yu@wmich.edu