Griffith named new interim executive director of OIRE
Posted: 07/02/2003
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Effective Sept. 1, The University of Texas - Pan American Office of Institutional Effectiveness will have a new name and a new executive director.

University President Dr. Miguel A. Nevárez recently announced the appointment of Dr. Susan R. Griffith, director of Institutional Research, as the new interim executive director of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

Dr. Susan R. Griffith
Griffith will replace Dr. Ted von Ende, who will return to academic life at the University as a professor in the Department of English.

"I am very proud that the President has the confidence in me to appoint me to this position," Griffith said. "I've only been at UTPA for two and one-half years, and only in Institutional Research for nine months. I look forward to getting to know more faculty and staff at the University and sharing with them the services of the office."

The office will also be renamed the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness (OIRE), and will enter another phase of development as Griffith moves the institutional research function from an emphasis on providing data to conducting social science research.

"The name of the office has changed to reflect the greater integration of institutional research into the overall process of institutional effectiveness. This is in line with many other offices of this type in institutions across the nation," she said.

Griffith said the office will increase its output of research that provides information supporting planning, policy formation and decision making in the institution. The office will continue to provide data, but will do so increasingly through a data warehouse that is being developed and will be introduced to the University next year.

"One of my goals for the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness is to move the office more toward social science research that formally evaluates data and presents options and recommendations to decision makers at the institution," she said. "We have the software for and will be developing a data warehouse that our customers can access themselves for about the institution. This will allow us to restructure the staff more toward institutional research and away from 'data mining.' This will be the major change in the office."

Griffith has a doctorate in higher education administration from The University of Texas at Austin, and more than 20 years of experience in planning, assessment and institutional research in higher education and the private sector.

She served for 15 years at Southwest Texas State University in positions of increasing responsibility culminating in associate vice president for Planning and Administration.

She left SWT five years ago to join her husband, James Langabeer, vice president for Business Affairs at UTPA.

Von Ende founded the Office of Institutional Effectiveness (then Institutional Research and Planning) at the request of Nevárez in 1988.