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Dr. Kathleen Brady will assume the duties of Vice Chancellor for Planning, Institutional Research, and Metropolitan Studies at the University of South Carolina Upstate on July 1. Since 2008 she has served as director of the Metropolitan Studies Institute at USC Upstate.

“I am happy to appoint Dr. Kathleen Brady to the new position as vice chancellor for planning, institutional research, and metropolitan studies,” said Chancellor Tom Moore. “In this expanded role she will develop and implement a coordinated system of data-informed planning and assessment that deepens and strengthens the metropolitan mission of the University.  The central purpose of this position is to promote ownership of planning and assessment across the entire university and make data available to inform decisions as we sharpen our focus on being effective, efficient, and committed to student success throughout the University.”

In terms of planning, Brady will work in cooperation with University leadership to guide the institution through organized and ongoing planning to set priorities, focus energy and resources, strengthen operations, and ensure that employees and other stakeholders are working toward common goals.  She will establish agreement around intended outcomes/results and assess and report to inform organization planning and decision making in a changing environment.

Regarding institutional research, Brady will manage operations to collect, analyze, report, and warehouse quantitative and qualitative data relevant to the University’s students, faculty, staff, curriculum, course offerings, and learning outcomes. She will provide these data to University leadership to support decision-making and planning.

With metropolitan studies, Brady will continue her work supporting research efforts between USC Upstate and the community that enhance relationships, promote the reciprocal flow of information and ideas, and increase the strategic use of the University’s scholarship and outreach capabilities. In addition, she will manage operations that define, measure, track, support, and promote engaged teaching, learning and research across Upstate South Carolina.

Brady has extensive experience in the public and non-profit sectors.  Prior to coming to USC Upstate, she was area supervisor of the S.C. Vocational Rehabilitation Department’s Greenville County office.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from Furman University, a master’s degree from Clemson University and a Ph.D. in public health from the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health.

“I am thrilled with the possibilities this new position offers the University, the community, and me,” said Brady. “Since I first came to Upstate, I have recognized its boundless potential to shape the quality of life in Spartanburg, Greenville and the Upstate of South Carolina. Along with my colleagues, I am committed to enhancing that potential as we continue to fulfill our metropolitan mission.”

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