IR director search to begin soon

Crew moves a pallet of packed boxes into new office

Institutional research staff member Janet Johnson (left) looks on Monday as a moving crew arrives with yet another pallet of boxes at the Kingland Building in campustown. IR is one of the final offices to arrive, completing Iowa State's occupancy of the building's second floor. Photo by Christopher Gannon.

Summer has brought a season of change to ISU's office of institutional research, including a new location and a leadership change. Earlier this week, the institutional staff completed a move from Beardshear's third floor to the Kingland Building in campustown.

The staff joins a handful of other university tenants on the second floor of Kingland, including the Iowa State Daily Media Group, ISU Foundation call center and university relations. Two service units within the vice president for research umbrella, offices for responsible research and research integrity, also moved this week and complete the ISU tenant list at Kingland. All employee phone numbers remain the same.

New Kingland tenants

  • Office of Institutional Research, Suite 203
  • Office for Responsible Research, Suite 202
  • Office of Research Integrity, Suite 202

2420 Lincoln Way  50014-8340

Director search

Associate director of institutional research Sandy Gahn will become interim director on July 1. Gebre Tesfagiorgis, who has led the office since 2001, will retire from the university on June 30.

A national search will begin soon with the goal of having the next director on board by early fall. Associate vice president for academic planning and resources Ellen Rasmussen said she will include representatives from across campus on a committee that will conduct the search. Rasmussen said a regular seven-year program review of the office recently was completed and that some recommendations in that final report will help guide the director search.

When it's fully staffed, institutional research is a seven-person unit. One of its four research analyst positions currently is vacant.

In support of university planning and decision making, the IR team collects, analyzes, interprets and shares timely information on all aspects of Iowa State. Some of its more heavily used products include the annual Fact Book, student profile and faculty salary comparison.