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Marilyn McCoy

Marilyn McCoy

Vice President of Administration and Planning

Phone number: 847-491-4335
mmccoy@northwestern.edu

Marilyn provides leadership and direction to the Office of Administration and Planning and support to the president.  She manages strategic planning, program review, institutional research, Board of Trustees support efforts, and executive level searches, as well as other various programs and initiatives.  She has held this position since July 1985.

Megan Blackwelder

Megan Blackwelder

Associate Vice President of Program Review

Phone number: 847-467-1730
megan.blackwelder@northwestern.edu

Reporting to the Vice President for Administration and Planning, Megan leads the Program Review process and is responsible for the execution of reviews. Prior to joining Administration and Planning, she worked for Deloitte Consulting, where she advised companies on change management and communications related to mergers, technology adoptions and other organization transformations. Megan previously worked in the Office of Administration and Planning from 2006-2010, supporting key functions including Program Review. Megan has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a BA in History from the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University.

Debbie Crimmins

Debbie Crimmins

Senior Director of Institutional Research

Phone number: 847-491-4285
d-crimmins@northwestern.edu

Debbie directly supports the Director of Analytical Studies and the Associate Provost for University Enrollment on a variety of activities, including data collection, reporting, and analysis for both internal and external use. Prior to joining Administration and Planning in December 2004, Debbie served as Assistant Director of Cost Studies in the Office of the Controller for five years.

Katy DiGiulio

Katy DiGiulio

Senior Program Administrator

Phone number: 847-467-3582
kathryn.digiulio@northwestern.edu

As the Senior Program Administrator for Program Review, Katy directly supports the Associate Vice President of Program Review by assisting with orientation, coordinating data presentation with units and Information and Analytics, and managing the status of review materials. Katy received her Master's degree in Higher Education Administration and Policy from Northwestern and her Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Carolyn Green

Carolyn Green

Program Coordinator

Phone number: 847-467-3583
carolyn.green@northwestern.edu

Carolyn directly supports the Associate Vice President of Program Review with the Program Review visits, program scheduling, and department finances. Prior to joining Administration and Planning in November 2015, she worked at a non-profit medical company in Charlotte, North Carolina. Carolyn graduated from East Carolina University with her BS in Communications.
Sara Hansen

Sara Hansen

Senior Program Administrator

Phone number: 847-491-4500
sara.hansen@northwestern.edu

Sara directly supports the Board of Trustees. Prior to joining Administration and Planning in September 2016, she worked at Northwestern in the Department of Neurobiology. Sara received her Bachelor's from University of Illinois at Chicago in Sociology and English. She is currently working to complete her Master's degree in Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern.
Kristi Hubbard

Kristi Hubbard

Assistant Director of Planning, Administration and Planning

Phone number: 847-467-3622
kristi.hubbard@northwestern.edu

Kristi is responsible for leading unit-level strategic planning efforts and supporting cross-unit strategic planning initiatives. Prior to her current role, she was Senior Associate Director in the Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives (GSI) and the Halle Institute for Global Learning at Emory University. In that role, she provided leadership for the implementation of Emory's global strategies and was the lead manager for the office. Kristi had been part of the Emory community since 2002 when she joined the Emory College of Arts & Sciences’ Center for International Programs Abroad (CIPA), working closely with Emory students and faculty regarding semester and summer study abroad opportunities. Prior to Emory, she held positions in the study abroad office at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC and with the department of student services at the American InterContinental University in London, England.  She holds a bachelor's degree in English from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX and a master’s degree in student personnel services from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC.

Mitch Morecraft

Mitch Morecraft

Senior Program Administrator

Phone number: 847-467-3943

Mitch is part of the Office of Administration and Planning’s strategic planning team. He informs and guides planning conversations around key strategic initiatives by producing quarterly and annual updates to the Board of Trustees on behalf of the President, monitoring and summarizing trends in higher education and reporting to university leaders, and assisting the Vice President of Administration and Planning with special planning projects. Mitch also manages the Lawrence B. Dumas Domain Dinner series. He graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where he studied International Business and Entrepreneurship.

Amit Prachand

Amit Prachand

Assistant Vice President for Information & Analytics

Phone number: 491-467-5067
a-prachand@northwestern.edu

Amit leads Institutional Research efforts to collect, integrate, and analyze institutional and external data to support institutional decision-making, planning, and policy development.  Before joining the Office of Administration and Planning, he was the Managing Director, Planning and Administration, at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern and helped develop infrastructure to advance the school’s thought leadership initiatives and to measure progress against the school’s strategic plan. Amit has previously held roles in the healthcare sector at Northwestern Memorial Hospital ranging from administrator for the Division of Hospital Medicine to process improvement leader and in the manufacturing sector while leading continuous improvement activities at Saturn Corporation and RR Donnelley.  Amit received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University and his Master of Engineering degree from Vanderbilt University.
Jason Ripple

Jason Ripple

Institutional Research Analyst

Phone number: 847-491-4599
j-ripple@northwestern.edu

Jason directly supports the Assistant Vice President for Information & Analytics and the Assistant Vice President of Program Review on a variety of activities, including data collection and reporting for both internal and external use. Prior to joining Administration and Planning in April 2015, Jason served as Research Analyst/Report Associate in the Office of the Registrar for five years.  Jason completed a Bachelor’s degree in Organization Behavior and a Master’s degree in Information Systems from Northwestern University.

Paul Schatz

Paul Schatz

Assistant Director of Institutional Research

Phone number: 847-491-5217
p-schatz@northwestern.edu

Paul supports the Director of Institutional Research in a variety of functions, including working with data from university enterprise systems, collecting and interpreting data from internal and external sources for reporting to Senior Administrators and the Board of Trustees, and serving as the webmaster for the Institutional Research webpage.  Prior to joining Administration and Planning in September 2007, Paul served as the Coordinator of Research Programs in the Office for Sponsored Research.

Marcela Swenson

Marcela Swenson

Senior Program Administrator

Phone number: 847-491-3374
marcela.swenson@northwestern.edu

Marcela directly supports the Board of Trustees and leads the office’s conservation initiatives.  Prior to joining Administration and Planning in November 2013, Marcela owned and operated a bed and breakfast in Medellin, Colombia.

Katie Trachok

Katie Trachok

Assistant Director, Office of the Vice President

Phone number: 847-491-8319
k-trachok@northwestern.edu

Katie supports the Board of Trustees, directs various initiatives on behalf of the Vice President, and manages the office's business processes. Prior to joining Administration and Planning in July 2008, Katie was a student at Northwestern University and captain of the golf team.

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