AIR Announces New Executive Director

Tallahassee, Fla. – (February 23, 2017) The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Christine M. Keller as Executive Director of the Association. Dr. Keller will begin her work as AIR Executive Director on May 3, at AIR’s headquarters in Tallahassee, Florida.

Selected in a comprehensive search process, Dr. Keller is an accomplished association leader and institutional research professional who is committed to advancing informed decision-making in higher education with a broad understanding of national issues, policies, and trends, especially related to institutional research, information management, and data policy.

Currently Vice President for Research and Policy Analysis at the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), her accomplishments include directing the operation, expansion, and promotion of the cross-sector Student Achievement Measure (SAM) project on behalf of APLU and five other higher education associations.

An active member of the Association for many years, she is a former member of the AIR Board of Directors, was a member of the Improving and Transforming Institutional Research in Postsecondary Education Advisory Board, and served as co-editor of the “IR in the Know” column in the eAIR newsletter for several years.

Keller says of her new position, “After spending my career working to make the world a better place through higher education and data, it is an honor and privilege to be selected to lead AIR. With a background in IR, federal data policy, and association leadership, I recognize the current focus on data and evidence provides significant opportunities for the IR community. I am excited to begin my tenure with AIR, and am committed to positioning AIR and its members to advance and flourish during this exciting time of growth and change.”

Glenn James, AIR 2016-2017 Board President states, “AIR is pleased to welcome Dr. Keller as Executive Director of the Association. Her knowledge and expertise coupled with her collaborative orientation, energy, and enthusiasm are an excellent combination for the crucial leadership position of Executive Director.”

About AIR

The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) is the world's largest professional association for institutional research, effectiveness, and assessment professionals. Incorporated in 1966, its primary purpose is to support its more than 4,000 members in the process of developing and providing information and analyses in support of decision-making in higher education. AIR provides educational resources, information on best practices, and professional development opportunities for members and the IR community. For more information, visit www.airweb.org.

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Contact

Lisa Gwaltney
Association for Institutional Research
1983 Centre Pointe Blvd., Suite 101
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Phone: 850.385.4155 Fax: 850.385.5180
Email: air@airweb.org ​