Columbus State Hires New Director of Institutional Research

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Columbus State University has hired a new director of Institutional Research to usher in a new level of accountability and assessment.

Sri Sitharaman will start Dec. 1, coming to CSU from Claflin University, where he was director of testing and assessment services at the Orangeburg, S.C., school.

Reporting to Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Inessa Levi, Columbus State University’s new institutional research director will develop and direct a program designed to provide data for academic and administrative decision-making. Sitharaman will supervise the collection, analysis, and preservation of data for use by the institution, develop a comprehensive database for responding to inquiries from within the university and external agencies; and compile and publish longitudinal and comparative data about the university.

“This is an incredibly important position for the university,” Levi said. “We are in an era where assessing our work and using data to make effective decisions is more important than ever. I’m very excited that Dr. Sitharaman will be leading this effort. He will bring a wide range of relevant experience to CSU.”

Sitharaman has a doctorate in educational administration and an MBA from the University of South Carolina, and a bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi.

He has been involved in educational assessment since 1996, when he interned for the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. Since then, he’s been a research assistant at the University of South Carolina and the South Carolina Department of Education before moving to Claflin University in 2002 to manage a universitywide testing and assessment program.