Philip Handwerk has been named Wake Forest’s new Director of Institutional Research, succeeding Ross Griffith, who is retiring after 46 years. Handwerk is a Wake Forest graduate, receiving his BA in Economics (with a History minor) in 1993. He also received a masters in Higher Education Administration from N.C. State and a doctorate in Policy Research, Evaluation and Measurement from the University of Pennsylvania.
Handwerk will join the staff next month. He is leaving the role of associate director of the Office of Institutional Analytics at the University of New Mexico, where he was previously a business intelligence officer. He has extensive institutional-research experience in a variety of private and nonprofit organizations, such as the Law School Admission Council and Educational Testing Service, as well as at universities including N.C. State and UNC-Greensboro. Handwerk has published and presented on a variety of related topics, including law-school and undergraduate admissions, high-school Advanced Placement practices, and ‘institutional effectiveness’ assessments in higher education.
“To attract a prominent institutional-research expert with such wide-ranging experience who also knows Wake Forest intimately: this is a home run for our University,” said Provost Rogan Kersh, who chaired the search committee.
Joining Handwerk in Winston-Salem will be his wife, Gray (’93), and sons Noah (14), Eli (12) and Sam (10).