Vanderbilt Institutional Research Group (VIRG) Executive Director

Search closed: Olivia Kew-Fickus named VIRG’s new executive director


Vanderbilt is seeking an experienced professional to serve as the next executive director for the Vanderbilt Institutional Research Group (VIRG). It is an exciting time at Vanderbilt as the university expands its analytical capabilities and advances a culture of data-driven innovations. As the entity responsible for overseeing Vanderbilt’s academic institutional data, VIRG is a leading strategic partner in providing timely data and analytics to enable evidence-based decision-making for the academic strategy. The next VIRG leader will have a proven track record in leading institutional research organizations with experience in strategic planning and strong skills in presenting and communicating data and analysis in a variety of formats.

Search Committee


  • Susan Wente, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs


  • Eric Bymaster, associate vice chancellor for finance
  • Doug Christiansen, vice provost for University enrollment affairs and dean of admissions and financial aid
  • Eric Kopstain, vice chancellor for administration
  • Sally Parker, assistant provost
  • Melissa Thomas-Hunt, vice provost for inclusive excellence
  • Dawn Turton, senior assistant provost for faculty and strategic affairs
  • Mark Wallace, dean of the Graduate School