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2022 Keynote

Rigoberto (Rigo) J. Rincones Gómez is a strategic postsecondary education executive with over 25 years of years of increasing responsibilities and accomplishments in key roles supporting student success, faculty excellence, scholarly activity, and institutional prominence. He has served nationally and internationally in key leadership roles supporting student success, faculty excellence, scholarly activity, and institutional prominence. He has worked at single and multi-campus institutions; public and private; in urban, suburban, and rural settings. With enrollment ranging from 600 to 65,000 students. He has co-authored several books, has designed and facilitated more than 100 workshops in 10+ countries, has published his work in prestigious refereed journal articles, has been keynote speaker in several countries, and has served on several boards. As a trusted colleague, advisor, and facilitator with outstanding multicultural, analytical, communication, project management, organizational, and collaboration skills, he has helped institutions conceptualize and execute performance-based strategies and policies and has provided technical assistance on key national performance-based initiatives and recognitions including ASPEN Prize, Baldrige, Florida Sterling, and AQIP while using 4DX, LEAN, and Design Thinking principles and practices.

His background also includes a significant leadership role at the national level as Achieving the Dream (ATD) Founding National Director of Data Coaching. In that role, he supported ATD through growth cycles and expansion to serve over 200 community colleges across the country with a team of 80+ coaches. He currently serves as Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost at Hodges University in Fort Myers, Florida.

Dr. Rincones earned his Ph.D. in Evaluation, Measurement, and Research Design receiving a Provost's Special Recognition and an Outstanding Dissertation Award by Phi Delta Kappa Honor Society. He earned his Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering and his Specialist and Master's degrees in Project Management in Engineering with Summa Cum Laude Honors and a President's Special Recognition for his second Master’s degree in Educational Leadership.

The Three Facets of Data
This will be a highly engaging, thoughtful, and interactive session that will help attendees re-evaluate their current data practices. In a clear and simple language, Dr. Rincones will outline several key principles he has successfully used for over 25 years that have helped him excel at his personal, team, and institutions’ strategic data initiatives. Learning about these data principles will certainly challenge the way IR/IE professionals have approached previous data requests, extractions, manipulations, presentations, and use. By attending this session, you may also find out the answer to the question, the ultimate question, of life, the universe, and everything.
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The Southern Association for Institutional Research (SAIR) is dedicated to the advancement of research leading to improved understanding, planning, and operation of institutions of post-secondary education. SAIR provides a forum for the dissemination of information and interchange of ideas on problems of common interest in the field of institutional research. In addition, SAIR promotes the continued professional development of individuals engaging in institutional research and fosters the unity and cooperation among persons having interests and activities related to research.