Nettie Daniels, a Mississippi native and Alcorn State grad, heads to Wisconsin to start an institutional effectiveness and assessment unit
Nettie Daniels, the university’s planning officer in charge of
all data and GSU facts, is leaving for another opportunity.
BY NINFA SAAVEDRA
Grambling State University Media Bureau
GRAMBLING, LA — After several years of service under two Grambling State University presidents, Nettie Daniels, the university’s planning officer in charge of all data and GSU facts, is leaving for another opportunity.
The Mississippi native who has worked in a Louisiana system office will be departing for the Midwest after her last day at Grambling State University on June 30.
“I have accepted an offer from the University of Wisconsin–Platteville as executive director of the office of institutional effectiveness and assessment,” said Daniels, an Alcorn State University alumna.
This next professional career challenge gives Daniels the opportunity to create a planning office from scratch. She will hire a staff and centralize the university’s data reporting, institutional effectiveness and assessment efforts at the 8,700-student university, which is gearing up for a regional accreditation visit in 2016.
“Developing an office of institutional effectiveness and assessment at UWP will not be the first time I established such an office,” said Daniels. “I have nearly 30 years of experience in planning, assessment and effectiveness and I look forward to continuing my career at UWP.”
Daniels arrived at GSU after working at the University of Louisiana System as a staff member in Baton Rouge. She had worked at the system office as associate vice president for institutional research, planning and evaluation for five years when Grambling State University asked her to consider GSU.
“The offer came at the right time for me, so I accepted the challenge to help prepare the university for an upcoming … review,” recalled Daniels, noting that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges (COC) was reviewing the academic and other standards at GSU.
The 2000 SACS review had five recommendations specific to the university’s office of planning and research. With Daniels’ leadership, the 2010 review ended with zero recommendations. “It was one of my biggest achievements,” recalled Daniels. “It’s no small matter to work with our dedicated staff, turning over every concern, any possible issue, to make sure that we had no problems.”
During her tenure at GSU, Daniels served as the associate vice president for planning and institutional research from 2005-2012 and as associate vice president of the office of institutional planning, assessment and effectiveness from 2012-2014. Daniels and her staff have been responsible for planning presidential retreats, coordinating the development and implementation of the university’s five-year strategic plan and monitoring the assessment of strategic goals and objectives.
Some may not realize she has held an unofficial, special role with GSU President Frank G. Pogue.
"Nettie has been more than a planning officer to me. She’s been a trusted adviser and someone with whom I can talk about university as well as system operations and policies because she’s done some of it all,” said Pogue. “I wish her good luck as she leaves Louisiana and heads north to Wisconsin, and I hope the University of Wisconsin realizes that they’ve stolen a superb professional who will elevate them to new levels."
Daniels said she will miss a lot about GSU, especially her staff, a superb leader in Pogue and the great working relationship with her colleagues she has gained over the past 10 years since she has lived in Northern Louisiana.
She leaves with beneficial professional experiences. Added Daniels, “GSU has taught me that patience and persistence are key factors to success.”
Photo Credit: GLENN LEWIS/Grambling State University Media Bureau.