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Michelle Smith
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 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


Lizmarie Maldonado
Senior Statistician and Data Analyst

Lizmarie Maldonado

Lizmarie Maldonado joined the Office of Institutional Research as the Senior Statistician and Data Analyst in June 2016. Lizmarie earned a Master of Science in Public Health specializing in biostatistics from the University of South Florida. She earned a Bachelor of Science in applied mathematics and statistics from the University of Miami. Prior to working for the College of Charleston, she was a Senior Research Analyst at the University of Miami responsible for performing regression modeling techniques on genetic data.

Contact Information

Email:  maldonadol@cofc.edu
Office Location: Randolph Hall, Room 106D


Cara Dombroski
Assistant Director of Reporting and Data Management  

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Cara Dombroski joined the Office of Institutional Research as the Assistant Director of Reporting and Data Management in February 2018 and has worked at the College since 2013. Cara earned a Master of Public Administration from the College of Charleston and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University. Prior to coming to the College of Charleston, Cara worked with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, assisting the School of Medicine with specialized accreditation efforts and has also worked with various non-profit organizations.

Contact Information

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


Chris McNamara
Decision Support Analyst 

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 106A