Data Governance Committee


There is an increasing demand for accessing raw data and valuable data insights for decision-making at all levels of our organizational structure. This is especially true as data structures evolve and enterprise technology systems are replaced with new systems. Currently, we do not have an infrastructure for the education of data literacy or the policies and procedures for ensuring our organizational data assets are collected, reported, cataloged, stored, and shared in line with data governance, compliance, and security best practices.

Data governance can help us manage data assets in a thoughtful, collaborative manner through an institutional lens with strategic alignment. The CWRU Data Governance Committee, in conjunction with the offices of Institutional Research and Data Management, Analytics, and Visualization, is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive data governance program for the University. The ultimate goal is creating and fostering data literacy and a strategy for data management, architecture, and institutional analysis.


The overarching mission of the Data Governance Committee is to promote the collection, security, stewardship, and ethical use of institutional data. This approach combines elements of data management and governance to facilitate data-informed decisions across the University. 


The scope includes student, faculty, administrative, research administration, and clinical data maintained by Case Western Reserve University.


The Data Governance Committee is designed to comprise representatives from the major strategic stakeholders across campus. Members are expected to provide critical perspectives that reflect their areas of our organization to ensure all areas of the university have a voice in creating the data governance infrastructure at CWRU. Members are also expected to be knowledgeable about campus culture regarding privacy, freedom of inquiry, and institutional risk tolerance.

Member Representing
Jeff Gumpf  (Co-Chair), Chief Information Architect Data Management, Analytics, and Visualization
Edward Bolden, PhD (Co-Chair), Senior Director of Institutional Research Institutional Research and Enrollment Management
Sarah Surber, Compliance and Privacy Officer Compliance
Amy Hammett, University Registrar and Director of Student Information Systems and Services Registrar
Nassif Nassif, Enterprise Architect IT Architecture
David Elliott, Manager of ERP Financials Finance
Joan Schenkel, MS, Associate Vice President for Research Research Administration
Karma Topor, Director of Compensation  Human Resources
Todd Rasmussen, Director of Finance for Student Affairs and Provost Student Affairs
Siran Koroukian, PhD, Associate Professor (School of Medicine) Faculty Senate 
Cindy Creegan, MBA, Executive Director, Advancement Services Advancement Services
Roger Zender, MLIS, MS, Associate Director, Creation & Curation Services Library
Timothy Spiker, Director of Information Security Information Security
Cena Hilliard, Associate Dean of Finance, Administration & Business Operations (Case School of Engineering) Chief Business Officers

Executive Sponsors

Miroslav Humer - Vice President University Technologies and Chief Information Officer
Edward Bolden - Senior Director of Institutional Research



Internal community stakeholders (students, faculty and staff) can see our CampusGroup site for more information about the committee and to subscribe to frequent updates on data governance progress on campus.