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Dr. Narendra H. Patel Serves as Senior Advisor to the President for Institutional Effectiveness and Compliance


TO:          Faculty, Staff, Students

FROM:      Dr. Hubert L. Grimes,  Interim Presidentsign

RE:          Senior Advisor to the President for Institutional Effectiveness and Compliance

DATE:      January 22, 2018


I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Narendra H. Patel as Senior Advisor to the President for Institutional Effectiveness and Compliance. Dr. Patel will have primary responsibility of coordinating the implementation of the University's institutional effectiveness system of strategic and annual planning, budgeting, assessment, institutional research data management and accreditation activities in support of the University's three­ fold mission of teaching, research and service. He will provide administrative leadership and oversight of the university-wide quality assurance and regulatory compliance in support of institutional effectiveness functions. Dr. Patel's efforts will be directed toward identifying, analyzing and monitoring internal and external trends and developments that influence the University's mission, vision and decision-making. Based on research and analysis, he will collaborate with campus administrative and academic leaders on strategic issues, initiatives and projects as well as make recommendations on strategic responses, policy issues and plans of action. He will serve as the University's Accreditation Liaison Officer with external agencies and organizations, sit on the President's Cabinet and other administrative and advisory bodies at the University as well as perform other duties ·as assigned by the President. 

Dr. Patel has a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Clark Atlanta University, a Master of Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach in addition to 18 Master of Business Administration credit hours in Finance from St. John's University, New York, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from New York Institute of Technology, New York, and a Bachelor of Commerce in Banking from M. S. University, Baroda, India.

Dr. Patel served as Assistant Vice President for Planning, Assessment and Institutional Research/SACSCOC Accreditation Liaison at Clark Atlanta University (CAU) for more than a decade where he effectively reorganized, centralized and strengthened the three core functions of university-wide planning, assessment and institutional research in support of institutional effectiveness and regulatory compliance. Among his many achievements, Dr. Patel successfully produced CAU's first of its kind Five-Year Data Trend Books; coordinated, facilitated and completed two consecutive strategic plans for the University during a period of eight years; revised and aligned functional mission and vision statements for 95 budgetary departments/units of the University; prepared annual report of the President to the Board of Trustees; developed university's organizational charts and  academic calendars, established a streamlined planning based budgeting process  guide  and timelines; managed Title-III activities related to Institutional Effectiveness; coordinated five-year periodic Academic and Administrative and Educational Support program reviews, annual assessment of strategic plan, student learning outcomes and non-academic program objectives through CAU's electronic assessment system; and maintained webpage for institutional effectiveness and compliance activities. He was instrumental in creating and/or revising multiple institutional policies and documents as a part of effective practices in continuous improvement, quality assurance and compliance.

As a SACSCOC Accreditation Liaison, Dr. Patel completed CAU's 2012 SACSCOC Fifth Year Interim Report and QEP Impact Report which was selected as a model report by the Commission on Colleges and was placed twice as a resource for member institutions. He directed CAU's 2016 SACSCOC decennial reaffirmation of accreditation and successfully submitted both, the Compliance Certification and the QEP reports as well as all the follow­ up required reports. Predicated on CAD's SACSCOC reaffirmation of accreditation, he also provided leadership in getting CAU approved for listing as a United Methodist Church affiliated institution by the Higher Education Ministry of the University Senate of the UMC/COBC. As a President's Executive Cabinet member, he served on various institutional committees and supervised five staff members.

Prior to his tenure at CAU, Dr. Patel served as Assistant Vice President/Director of Institutional Research and Planning at Bethune-Cookman University for more than twenty­ five years where he was responsible for developing, coordinating, and maintaining institutional data collection methodologies and databases suitable for completing external and internal reports and longitudinal studies; maintaining a clearinghouse for  all stakeholder inquiries, questionnaire and surveys; producing the annual Factbook; and managing Title-III funded activities for the Office of Institutional Research. Later, his duties were expanded to include coordination of institutional strategic planning, annual operations planning and budgeting processes; and assisting campus offices in performing program reviews and institutional assessments.

Clearly, Dr. Patel brings a wealth of experience and professionalism to Bethune-Cookman University. I know that you will join me in welcoming him back to our university. Dr. Patel has assumed his position effective January 1, 2018.

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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