IR Council


The Institutional Research Council exists to promote and support system-wide capacity for collection and analysis of data to guide decisions that improve success on behalf of the University of Alaska System of higher education, with an emphasis on optimizing resources for the achievement of UAA, UAF, UAS, Statewide, and UA's missions.

The IR Council is one of ten established UA-wide councils responsible to the Summit Team. The chair is responsible for ensuring the council has an approved charter and that system-wide priorities for the IR function are implemented in a collaborative and coordinated manner, for leading communication with the Summit Team, and for escalating issues that require consideration by the Executive Council and President Johnsen.


Please contact Dustin Bawcom for information regarding the IR Council meeting schedule at

Meetings are held on a monthly basis. Dates are subject to change.

IR Council Documents



team icon Members

  • Gwen Gruenig, Chair
    Associate Vice President, Data Strategy & Institutional Research, UA System & Statewide
  • Erin Holmes
    Associate Vice Provost, Institutional Research, UA Anchorage
  • Chantelle McGinness
    Director, Planning, Analysis and Instutional Research, UA Fairbanks
  • Kristen Handley
    Director, Institutional Effectiveness, UA Southeast 
  • Mark Kondrak
    Chief Information Technology Officer, UA System & Statewide
  • Karen Carey
    Chancellor, UA Southeast
  • Bruce Schultz
    Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, UA Anchorage
  • Nettie LaBelle-Hamer
    Vice Chancellor for Research, UA Fairbanks
  • Julie Queen
    Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, UA Fairbanks
  • John Petraitis, Interim
    Dean of College of Arts and Sciences, UA Anchorage
  • Stephen Atwater
    Executive Dean, Alaska College of Education, UA Southeast 
  • Colleen Ianuzzi
    Faculty Governance Representative
  • Lauren Hartman
    Staff Governance Representative