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Assistant Provost and Executive Director for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness

Olivia Kew-Fickus, M.B.A.


  • Data Governance
  • Institutional Reporting and Data Warehousing
  • Research and Analytics
  • Institutional Accreditation and Compliance



Olivia Kew-Fickus is the Assistant Provost and Executive Director of the Office for Planning and Instituional Effectiveness. She came to Vanderbilt in 2019, following seven years as the Director of Strategic Planning and 16 years in total at the University of Birmingham in the UK, where she also served as a special assistant to the Vice-Chancellor (president) and Registrar (COO), School Manager for the School of Education, Research and Business Development Manager for the College of Social Sciences, and Projects Development Manager for the International Development Department. From 2000-2003 she managed international training programs for California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, drawing on her experience as Deputy Project Director for the USAID-funded US-Ukraine Community Partnerships project from 1997-2000.

From 2017-2019 Olivia was a member of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Training Sub-Committee of the UK Higher Education Strategic Planners’ Association (HESPA). She was also a member of the Russell Group Directors of Strategic Planning from 2012-2019.

She holds an AB in History from Princeton University, and an MBA from the University of Leicester in the UK.

Olivia Kew-Fickus
Baker Building 805