Dr. Ronald R. Durnford
Vice President for Planning, Institutional Research, and Assessment
Ronald R. Durnford earned his B.A. degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his MA and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He currently is a member of the Association for Institutional Research and the Society for College and University Planning and serves as accreditation liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools–Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) for the university. In that role he has served on SACS on-site and off-site accreditation review committees; he served as a member of the SACS-COC Annual Meeting Program Committee in 2011-12 and as co-chair of the Committee in 2012-13. Prior to coming to Xavier, Durnford served in various administrative roles at the University of Chicago and at Medaille College in Buffalo, New York.
Dr. Danielle Duffourc
Director for Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment
Dr. Danielle Duffourc holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Florida State University, a Master of Public Administration and a B.S. in Psychology from Louisiana State University. As the Director for Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment, her primary responsibilities include meeting with assessment coordinators for each administrative department and academic program on an ongoing basis to improve assessment plans and reporting practices, reviewing all department and program assessment reports and providing specific feedback to coordinators about the quality of the result reporting, and generating reports about Xavier’s assessment process. Prior to coming to Xavier, she served as an accreditation specialist at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) and as an analyst for the Board of Governors of the State University System of Florida
Mr. Van Allen Gale
Senior Institutional Research Analyst
V. Allen Gale earned his MBA from Tulane University, and has worked at Xavier since 2002. He is responsible for creation, distribution and analysis of most campus-wide surveys conducted at Xavier. Mr. Gale has represented Xavier in the field of Institutional Research as president of LAIR (Louisiana Association for Institutional Research), as local arrangements coordinator the SAIR (Southern Association for Institutional Research), and as a member of AIR (Association for Institutional Research) since 2002. Mr. Gale has been a member of many faculty/staff committees focusing on a wide range of topics affecting Xavier, including its most current SACS reaccreditation efforts.
Dr. Treva A. Lee
Director for Institutional Compliance and Planning Initiatives
Treva A. Lee holds a Ph. D. in Counselor Education from the University of New Orleans. She received her B.S. in Psychology and M.A. in Counseling from Xavier University of Louisiana. As the Director for Institutional Compliance and Planning Initiatives, her primary responsibilities are to work with academic and administrative units to ensure compliance of government and regulatory mandates in higher education, completion of external and internal data requests, facilitate the faculty course evaluation process, and produce the annual University Profile. In the twenty-five plus years of service to the university, she has served on numerous committees in various capacities such as Director for Institutional Research, Institutional Research Officer, Program Evaluator, and Assistant to the Director for Counseling and Wellness Services. Prior to her tenure at Xavier, she was employed by Ochsner Medical Foundation in the Department of Psychiatry.
Ms. Rebecca Osakwe
Director of Data Management and Analytics
Ms. Rebecca Osakwe earned a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and a M.S. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Davis.
As the Director of Data Management and Analytics, she is primarily concerned with the efficient, consistent, and accurate management of data collected by Xavier, as well as the analysis of various data sets, and the presentation and interpretation of the findings produced by these analyses.
As a data scientist, Ms. Osakwe enjoys discovering what large data sets reveal when properly managed and analyzed. She has worked with data from a variety of sources, including police and crime data for the City of New Orleans, labor and economic data for The Data Center in New Orleans, and fuel sales data for the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center in Costa Rica.
Dr. Clair Wilkins-Green
Director for Planning and Institutional Research
Clair Wilkins received her BA with Honors in American Studies from the University of Manchester, followed by her MA in Political Science from LSU and her Ph.D in Politics from Manchester Metropolitan University. From 2000-2010, Clair taught political science, social science and research methods modules at several universities in the north of England, before moving to the University of Cardiff to work as a policy evaluation researcher and a statistician. Immediately prior to joining Xavier, Clair took a two and a half year sabbatical from academia and worked with the Roots of Music, a nonprofit organization and music education program serving low income middle school children in New Orleans. For a number of years she worked as a volunteer casework coordinator for Amicus, a nonprofit dedicated to working with pro bono lawyers assisting clients on death row.