September 20, 2007

Thressea Boyd
Director of Communications

Cragg Appointed Assistant to the President for Strategic Researchand Analysis

VALDOSTA - Valdosta State University President Ronald M. Zaccari has appointed Kristina M. Cragg, Ph.D., as Assistant to the President for Strategic Research and Analysis.

At VSU, Cragg will provide leadership for institutional effectiveness, quality enhancement and accountability functions, including oversight of institutional research, assessment and evaluation. Cragg will serve as VSU’s liaison to the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools (SACS), responsible for coordinating the University’s accreditation and reaffirmation process. Cragg reports directly to the President and is a member of the Cabinet, Budget Advisory Council and University Council.

Cragg has extensive statistical reporting and analysis skills within higher education. Most recently, she served as a consultant for MGT of America, Inc., where she worked to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of higher education institutions on a variety of issues including student retention, enrollment management, human resources, classification and compensation, student housing and strategic planning.
In addition to her work with MGT of America, Inc., Cragg was a policy analyst for the Council for Education Policy Research and Improvement and conducted research at the national and state level for distribution to legislators, educators and the public. She served as program coordinator for the Florida State University Certificate in Institutional Research Program, which offers post-master’s courses in institutional research theory and practices, higher education administration and educational research. Cragg taught courses within the program and was responsible for developing course content, recruiting, advising, and conducting research on institutional research and related topics.

“I am pleased to join Valdosta State University and the VSU family,” Cragg said. “I look forward to working with the campus community in providing data and information that will contribute to toward VSU’s continued success.”

Cragg earned a Certificate in Institutional Research, and a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, and doctorate in Higher Educational Policy, Planning, and Analysis, all from Florida State University. She has replaced Marsha Krotseng, who took the position of Vice Chancellor for Strategic Planning with the North Dakota University System.

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