Our Staff

Michelle Smith
Executive Director of Institutional Research 

Michelle Smith

Michelle Eleazer Smith joined the Office of Institutional Research in January 1994 as a Statistician. She is now the Executive Director of Institutional Research. She is responsible for establishing and maintaining all of the OIR data marts needed for decision support and for all official unit-record reporting to the S.C. Commission on Higher Education. Michelle utilizes the OIR data marts to produce financial and enrollment projection models, and serves as a campus resource for data integrity and reporting solutions. Michelle is a campus resource in data standards and management as the College implements the Banner software system. She is a SAS programming expert, specializing in web-enabled SAS processes that have automated many of OIR's data requests using SAS/Intrnet.

Michelle is a College of Charleston alumnus, receiving her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Mathematics in 1991 and 1992, respectively, with emphases in computer programming, accounting, and statistics. Her first position at the College after graduating was the Budget Analyst for the Dean of the School of Sciences and Mathematics, which she held until hired in OIR in 1994.  Michelle received the ExCEL President Alex Sanders Outstanding Public Service Award in 2013.

Contact Information

E-mail: smithm@cofc.edu
Office Location: Randolph Hall, Room 106E


Brendan Laubner
Assistant Director for Institutional Research

Brendan Laubner

Brendan Laubner joined the Office of Institutional Research as the Data Manager and Report Trainer in August of 2015. Brendan has earned a Master's of Mathematics and Graduate Certificate in Statistics from the College of Charleston, and a Bachelor's of Mathematics from Jacksonville University. Before working at the college, Brendan served as a Data Analyst for Benefitfocus, and Tutor Coordinator for Trident Technical College. In his free time, Brendan enjoys playing soccer, being outdoors and barbequing on his Weber charcoal grill.

Contact Information

Email:  laubnerb@cofc.edu
Office Location: Randolph Hall, Room 106B


Vacancy
Senior Statistician and Data Analyst


Vacancy
 Assistant Director of Reporting and Data Management  

 


Chris McNamara
Decision Support Analyst photo

Chris McNamara joined the Office of Institutional Research in July 2019. Chris earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Arizona State University. Prior to coming to the College of Charleston, Chris worked at Midlands Technical College as a Statistical Research Analyst, where she was responsible for College, State and Federal reporting submissions.

Contact Information

Email:  mcnamaraca1@cofc.edu
Office Location: Randolph Hall, Room 106C