Meet Our Team
The Institutional Research and Advanced Analytics team is a collaborative effort between the Office of the Provost's Institutional Research team and Information Technology Services’ Advanced Analytics team. Together, we support strategic decisions and initiatives at the University of Kentucky. We do this by studying past trends, completing detailed analyses, delivering interactive data visualizations and dashboards, and providing official institutional data to external stakeholders.
Craig Rudick, Ph.D.
Executive Director of Institutional Research
AND Lead Data Scientist
Craig Rudick accepted the role of Executive Director of Institutional Research and Lead Data Scientist in 2016, and has worked on the University's Institutional Research and Advanced Analytics team since 2013.
Craig earned his Ph.D. in Astronomy from Case Western Reserve University in 2011, and worked as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) conducting research on the structure and evolution of galaxies in the universe.
Mary Kathryn Starkey
Director of Analytics
Mary Kathryn Starkey serves as the Director of Analytics within the University of Kentucky's Information Technology Services (ITS) department. She has been involved with business intelligence and analytical reporting since 2004 in various capacities, and has spent the majority of that time in the area of higher education.
Mary Kathryn earned her bachelor's in computer science from DePauw University in 2004.
Jayna Cheesman, MPA
Jason Chen, Ph.D.
Yan Chen, MS
Michelle Combs, MA
Finance & Administration Analytics Team Lead
Heidi Hiemstra, Ph.D.
Virginia Lacefield, MSLS
Chandini Lakanagam Jagannathachar, MS
Adam Lindstrom, MS
Chris Thuringer, Ph.D.
Student Success Analytics Team Lead