Data Access and Use

Data is one of our most valuable resources in higher education.  These pages are provided to inform the BU community about data resources, policies, and practices to help facilitate better access, use and understanding of university data.

University data is organized under a series of core and cross-functional data domains which align with functional domains representing key areas of institutional activity.

Core Data Domain Functional Domain Data Executive Organizing Unit (2022)
Finance Financial Operations Nicole Tirella Financial Affairs
Sourcing and Procurement Financial Affairs
Investment Management Lila Hunnewell Chief Investment Officer
Research Research Operations and Safety Gloria Waters Office of Research
Research Applications and Awards Office of Research
Research Products and Outputs Office of Research
Operations Auxiliaries Derek Howe Auxiliaries Services
University Budget Budget, Planning & Business Affairs
Campus Planning and Operations Campus Planning & Operations
Workforce Faculty Recruitment and Support Maureen O’Rourke Provost – Faculty Affairs
Human Resources Amanda Bailey Human Resources
Professional Development Provost – Community and Inclusion
Student Admissions and Financial Aid Christine McGuire /
Marylou O’Donnell-Rundlett
Enrollment and Student Administration
Student Life Enrollment and Student Administration
Registration & Degree Audit Enrollment and Student Administration
Academics Curriculum Development and Assessment Amie Grills /
Daniel Kleinman
Provost – Undergraduate/Graduate Affairs
Advising and Academic Engagement Provost – Undergraduate/Graduate Affairs
Libraries Mark Newton University Libraries
Advancement Alumni Relations Karen Engelbourg Development & Alumni Relations
Development Development & Alumni Relations
WBUR Operations Margaret Low WBUR
Common Data Identity Access Management Tracy Schroeder Information Services & Technology
Technology Information Technology Information Services & Technology
Reporting and Analytics Analytical Services & IR
Data Governance Analytical Services & IR
Community Government and Community Affairs Stephen Burgay Government & Community Affairs
Federal Relations Federal Relations
Marketing and Communications Marketing & Communications
Compliance and Legal General Counsel Erika Geetter General Counsel
Compliance Services Compliance Services

Data Governance at Boston University

The Data Governance Program assembles subject matter experts from across Boston University to review, organize, and advise on  processes and policies around the availability, usability, and integrity of university data.

Data Trustees and Content Expertise

Questions about data access and appropriate use can be directed to AS&IR or to the Data Executive or Data Trustee for each data area.

BU Data Trustees are responsible for the accuracy, integrity and privacy of University data.  Trustees review requests for access to sensitive data, make decisions on granting access, and review approvals on an ongoing basis.

In addition, Compliance Services maintains a Compliance Matrix of senior leaders and departments with primary responsibility for the University’s most significant areas of compliance obligations.