Meet the IE Team
Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness
Dr. Jorge Pérez joined the UT System in 2018 after twenty years in Georgia, where he was vice provost for institutional effectiveness, SACSCOC accreditation liaison, and professor of information systems at Kennesaw State University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English, an MBA, and a Ph.D. in information systems from Florida State University. Digital literacy is the focus of his current research.
The recipient of a prestigious American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship, Jorge spent the 2013 academic year in Boston analyzing the strategic plans of constituents of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Atlanta Council on International Relations; he has served on the boards of the Informing Science Institute, Latin American Association, and Atlanta Electronic Commerce Forum. Jorge has industry experience as a systems analyst, web developer, and consultant. He was inducted into the PhD Project Hall of Fame in 2019.
Jorge is an Ironman Lake Placid finisher who enjoys running, cycling, teaching spin classes, and hiking with his rescue pit bull, Murphy.
Director of Institutional Research and Business Intelligence; Chief Academic Data Officer
Dr. Brian Hester, Director of Institutional Research and Business Intelligence, has been with the University of Tennessee System since 2010. He has served in various committees and service roles with UT over this time period. Brian has also been an active member of the Tennessee Association for Institutional Research for the past eight years – serving in leadership roles as secretary from 2016 through 2017 and most recently as vice president in 2018 and president in 2019.
Born and raised in Knoxville, Brian is a graduate of Bearden High School and a three-time graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he earned a bachelor’s in English, a Master’s of Business Administration, and a PhD in Higher Education Administration. Before joining the UT System, Brian worked in the private sector in business management. He currently serves as a board member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church and has served as its treasurer numerous times over the past fifteen years.
Brian, his wife Alice, son Nicholas and daughter Sophia live in Knoxville, and they spend most of their free-time together – playing sports, gardening, and enjoying the many parks and nature areas around Knoxville and East Tennessee.
Assistant Director of Institutional Research
Assistant Director of Business Intelligence
Planning & Assessment
Cheryl and her husband fell in love with Knoxville while visiting their son, a UTK graduate student, and decided to make Knoxville their forever home. They enjoy outdoor living, traveling, and watching all NCAA sports.
Originally from South Dakota, Ashley has enjoyed living across the southeast but is excited to settle in East Tennessee as it has long been her favorite part of the country. Outside of the office, she enjoys going on walks with her rescue pit bull Mr. Magoo, visiting local breweries, and keeping up with the latest true crime podcasts and documentaries.
Data Visualization Specialist