Data Roles and Descriptions

For data management, specific individuals play defined roles based on their area of expertise to ensure data at the University of Georgia is properly managed and secured.

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Data Role Descriptions
Data Trustee
    • Cabinet-level position with overall responsibility for data being read, created, reported, updated or deleted by units under them. Typically, stewards report to trustees.

Data Steward
    • Data stewards are business owners with deep knowledge of their data domain and related business practices. They are accountable for approving access requests, maintaining data quality and developing meta data for the data they steward.

Data Custodian
    • Custodians are designated by and typically report to data stewards. They are authorized to grant access to elements within the data domain for which the steward is accountable.

Data User
  • An individual who has been authorized to access data.

Trustees and Stewards


Data Trustee:

  • Marisa Pagnattaro, Vice President for Instruction,

Data Steward:

  • Student Records and Curriculum: Fiona B. Liken, Associate Vice President and Registrar,
  • Admissions: David Graves, Director of Undergraduate Admissions,
  • Financial Aid: Nancy Fergusen, Director of the Office of Student Financial Aid,
  • Office of Academic Honesty: William Vencill, Associate Vice President for Instruction,
  • Division of Academic Enhancement: Cara Simmons, Interim Director,
  • Center for Teaching and Learning: Megan Mittelstadt, Director of Center for Teaching and Learning,
Finance and Administration

Data Trustee

  • Ryan Nesbit, Vice President for Finance and Administration,

Data Steward:

  • Facilities : Jeffrey Benjamin, Associate Vice President, Facilities Management Division,
  • Finance (including Student Accounts): Chad Cleveland, Associate Vice President, Finance Division,
  • Student Accounts: Lisa McCleary, Senior Director,
  • Human Resources: Juanita Hicks, Senior Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Offer,

Data Trustee

  • Jill Walton, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations,

Data Steward:

  • Development Finance and Revenue (UGAF): Elizabeth Prince, Chief Financial Officer, UGA Foundation,
  • Development Donor Data: Heather Duiser, Executive Director of Annual Giving and Constituent Development,

Data Trustee

  • Karen Burg, Vice President for Research,

Data Steward:

  • Research: Gary Rachel, Director of Office of Research IT Operations,

Data Trustee

  • Elizabeth Weeks, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs,

Data Steward:

  • Faculty Records: Sunshine Jordan, Assistant Director of Faculty Appointments & Records,
  • Elements Data: Sunshine Jordan, UGA Elements & Faculty Data Coordinator,
  • Faculty Contracts: Charlotte Surratt, Manage Faculty Events Lead,
  • Promotion and Tenure: Sunshine Jordan, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs,

Data Trustee

  • Timothy M. Chester, Vice President for Information Technology and CIO,

Data Steward:

  • Historical Data: Allan Aycock, Director of the Office of Institutional Research,
  • Identity Management: Ilir Hasko, Deputy Chief Information Officer/CTO,
Graduate Admissions

Data Trustee

  • Ron Walcott, Vice Provost and Dean of the University of Georgia Graduate School,

Data Steward:

  • Graduate Admissions Data: Cheri Bliss, Director of Graduate Student Services,
Student Affairs

Data Trustee

  • Michelle Cook, Vice President for Student Affairs,

Data Steward:

  • Communications and Digital Engagement: Stan Jackson, Assistant to the Vice President,
  • Disability Resource Center Operations: Erin Benson, Director,
  • Engagement, Leadership, and Service Operations: Taylor Cain, Assistant Dean of Students and Director,
  • Greek Life Operations: Joshua Welch, Director,
  • International Student Life Operations: Linden Mathis, Director of International Students,
  • Learning and Improvement Operations: Annie Carlson Welch, Assistant to the Vice President,
  • Multicultural Services and Programs Operations: Wanda Johnson, Director of Multicultural Services and Programs,
  • OVPSA and DOS Operation: Stan Jackson, Assistant to the Vice President,
  • Pride Center Operations: John Alvarez Turner, Director of Pride Center,
  • Recreational Sports: Keith Wenrich, Director of Recreational Sports,
  • Student Affairs Business Management: Amanda Patterson, Associate Vice President,
  • Student Affairs Development Operations: Steve Pitts, Senior Director,
  • Student Care and Outreach Operations: Carrie Smith, Director,
  • Student Conduct Operations: Rebecca Scarbro, Director,
  • Student Transitions Operations: Nicole McConnell, Director,
  • Student Veterans Resource Center Operations: Jon Segars, Director,
  • Tate Student Center Operations: Jan Barham, Associate Dean of Students and Director,
  • University Health Center Operations: Martha Dannenbaum, Associate Vice President and Interim Executive Director,
  • University Housing Operations: Linda Kasper, Executive Director,
  • University Testing Services Operations: Erin Benson, Director,

Our Philosophy

The University of Georgia’s institutional data are valuable resources that should be used in a legal, ethical and responsible manner. The value of institutional data is increased through appropriate, shared use that is consistent with policies, procedures, and legal requirements; its value is diminished through misuse, misinterpretation, and unnecessary restriction to its access.

Institutional data are shared assets stewarded by individual units for the benefit of the University of Georgia, its students, and stakeholders. The value of data as an asset is enhanced by the consistent application of policies, procedures, and common definitions. Data are managed to ensure high quality and access that is consistent with legal and ethical requirements. Data are governed through a collaborative process that includes representation from units that have responsibility for the data.

Learn more about the UGA Data Access Policy

Data Governance Committtee Framework

The University of Georgia actively manages its data assets using established best practices for data management and governance. Our data management and governance framework consists of a strategic data governance committee, the Data Management & Governance Committee, and data domain-specific committees of data stewards and managers. These committees play complementary roles in creating, managing and promoting a common understanding of the institution’s administrative data.

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Data Management & Governance Committee (DMGC)
A subcommittee of the Administrative Systems Advisory Committee (ASAC), the Data Management and Governance Committee (DMGC) of the University of Georgia (UGA) is charged with recommending policies, procedures and best practices to UGA leadership that will support the management of UGA data as a protected and valuable asset.
Administrative & Financial Data Management Committee (AFDMC)
The purpose of the Administrative and Financial Data Management Committee (AFDMC) is to provide steward-level governance of data within the domains of finance, budget, facilities, HR, payroll, sponsored projects administration and development. The committee will be comprised of data stewards from each of these data domains, institutional research, EITS staff and data custodians as delegated by the data stewards.
Academic Data Management Committee (ADMC)
The purpose of the Academic Data Management Committee is to define and promote a consistent approach to stewarding institutional data and support data driven decision making. The committee will provide guidance and recommendations concerning use of academic and student data, data access, definitions, data standards and processes related to using the available reporting tools and frameworks.

Resources from Gartner Data Literacy Presentation

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