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Thorpe Named President of Institutional Research Association

Dr. Stephen Thorpe of Wilmington, Del., director of institutional research and effectiveness at Widener University, has been elected president of the North East Association for Institutional Research (NEAIR). As president, he will provide leadership in the development of the organization and oversee professional development programs for over 500 institutional research professionals, including hosting the 2012 annual conference in Bethesda, Md.

NEAIR is a nonprofit organization affiliated with the Association for Institutional Research with membership from 13 states in the northeast region of the United States, ranging from Maine to Maryland to Ohio. NEAIR promotes institutional effectiveness in postsecondary education by facilitating professional development of its members while promoting best practice and ensuring integrity in institutional research. Thorpe served as NEAIR president-elect in 2011, and following his term as president in 2012, will serve a one-year term as past-president.

Spanning over two decades of experience, Thorpe has been very active in promoting institutional research and effectiveness in higher education. In 2009, Thorpe was selected to join the faculty of the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Foundations of Institutional Research Institute. He has also served on the Research Board of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania and as an accreditation evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Thorpe’s commitment to success is evident by his history of creating programs to effectively develop and maintain an institution’s strategic and long range plans as well as performing institutional research studies to support effective planning and decision making.

Thorpe received his bachelor’s degree in computer and information sciences and doctoral degree in education from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree in business administration from Delaware State University.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses in Chester, Exton, and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., serve some 6,700 students. Visit the university website, www.widener.edu.


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