Kacy Lawrence joins the Virginia Tech Graduate School as data reporting and assessment administrator. She will collect, organize, and analyze data and reports to support and strengthen decision making and planning for the graduate school and the larger university.

“Kacy understands the power of data and its ability to strategically enhance the operations of the Graduate School, said Dannette Gomez Beane, director of the Graduate School’s Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives. “It is imperative to have someone with her expertise on staff to help us maximize our recruitment and retention efforts.”

Lawrence previously worked as a data and systems program manager in the District of Columbia Public Schools’ Office of Specialized Instruction. Her work included managing a team of eight people and overseeing projects and systems to support school-based staff and central office administrators and the education mission of the district. Prior to becoming program manager, she was a special education data analyst for the school district.

Before working with the District of Columbia schools, she was a research associate at Editorial Projects in Education, based in Maryland. The nonprofit publishes Education Week and several data-based reports, including Quality Counts and Diplomas Count. While there she analyzed education policy, managed surveys and data collection, and organized data so researchers, education professionals, and the general public could understand its meaning.

Lawrence has a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University and a master’s degree from George Washington University.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.