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Klute Named Director of OIR

Thursday, March 31, 2016

After a national search, Paul G. Klute has been named the Director of the Office of Institutional Research at the University of Georgia. The appointment is effective May 1.

Klute is currently at the University of Kansas, where he is serving as Assistant Director of the Office of Institutional Research and Planning. He is also a Special Assistant to the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Kansas.

Since 2009, Klute has been responsible for administering the University of Kansas’ data warehouse, which includes all student, academic, financial and human resources data for the university. He has also developed and documented processes to make data collection and storage more efficient at the University of Kansas. Prior to his current roles, Klute served as an Assistant to the President of Northwest Missouri State University, where he was responsible for managing the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) reaccreditation process, chairing the university’s Strategic Planning Council, and managing the president’s annual meetings with campus departments.

“Paul has demonstrated during the past few years that he is a leader in the field of facilitating and leveraging both research and analytics to propose innovative solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing institutions like the University of Georgia,” said Timothy M. Chester, Vice President for Information Technology. “I’m excited and grateful to Paul for choosing the University of Georgia for the next step in his very successful career.”

As Director of the Office of Institutional Research, Klute will support the University’s efforts in using institutional research data for attaining UGA’s goals of scholarship, research, instruction, and public service and outreach. The Office of Institutional Research is responsible for the collection, organization, maintenance and analysis of institutional and other data to support institutional management, operations, decision-making, and planning functions. The Director of the Office of Institutional Research reports directly to the Vice President for Information Technology.

“The search committee was very pleased to receive almost 50 applications for this very important position at UGA, and the pool of the most qualified candidates was impressive,” said Russell Mumper, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and chair of the search committee. “Paul clearly emerged as a top candidate with impressive credentials and the committee felt he was a great fit for UGA.”

Klute is currently pursuing his doctorate degree in higher education policy and leadership from the University of Kansas. He earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in business administration from Northwest Missouri State University.

“I am very excited to join the University of Georgia community and to help the organization advance as a data-informed institution,” Klute said. “I look forward to building relationships across campus and developing data-centric processes that will help the institution meet its strategic goals. I am grateful for the opportunity to progress the University in the arenas of data, research, business intelligence and analytics.”