Tracy Meade

University Dean for Strategic Initiatives


Tracy Meade is the University Dean for Strategic Initiatives in the Office of Academic Affairs at The City University of New York. Tracy oversees the Office of Research, Evaluation and Program Support for the Office of the Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs, leads the University’s ASAP expansion effort at Bronx Community College and supports projects and initiatives for the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost.

Before assuming her present position, Tracy directed CUNY’s New Community College Initiative. Tracy is the principle author of A New Community College Concept Paper, and she led the team of educators who designed the new community college model and oversaw all aspects of the college’s approval process by the CUNY Board of Trustees and New York State Education Department. The college—CUNY’s first new community college in more than four decades—is now named the Stella and Charles Guttman Community College and welcomed its inaugural class on August 20, 2012.

Prior to her work leading the New Community College Initiative, Tracy was the University Director for Collaborative Programs at CUNY. In this role, she was responsible for oversight of College Now, the University’s largest partnership with the New York City secondary schools, the CUNY Middle Grades Initiative/GEAR UP program, the At Home in College program, and the Research and Evaluation unit for Collaborative Programs.

Tracy holds an M.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Carol Ripple

Director of The Office of Research Evaluation & Program Support


As director of the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Program Support, Carol Ripple oversees the unit’s research and evaluation projects, which provide essential data that inform program development and outcomes. She works closely with program stakeholders and university leadership to identify priorities and discern the implications of research and evaluation findings for policy and practice.

Carol’s research and evaluation interests span policy and best practices from prekindergarten through higher education, program development and strategic planning, early care and education quality and infrastructure, and psychosocial resilience among adolescents. Her career has spanned academic, philanthropic, and government settings, but she has always focused on collaborating with public and private entities to bridge research, practice, and policy.

Before joining REPS, Carol was Associate Director for Education Research and Engagement at Duke University’s Social Science Research Institute, where she sought to create a community of learners at all levels through education and scholarship, data and analytics, and evaluation and engagement. She worked directly with North Carolina state legislators as a Principal Evaluator in the North Carolina General Assembly’s Program Evaluation Division, where she led evaluations of all manner of state-funded programs. Before moving to North Carolina, Carol was Assistant Professor in the Yale School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, then joined the Annie E. Casey Foundation where she designed and led evaluations of community-based and foster-care programs.

Carol’s BA and PhD in psychology are from Yale University.

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Mervin Williams
Associate Director of Office of Research, Evaluation & Program Support and Director of Database Management


Mervin Williams is the Associate Director of Office of Research, Evaluation & Program Support and Director of Database Management, where he is responsible for developing and maintaining a range of databases, establishing business rules, and developing documentation of data and reporting protocols. Mervin specializes in the development and implementation of best practices for the management of program databases, including the assurance of database policies and procedures, data integrity, data extraction and report customization. He also works with the CUNY Computing & Information Services to provide technical assistance to users, troubleshoot and resolve application and database related problems, support staff with the use of program databases, and provide support and training in use of applications. Mervin provides specialized training to new and existing staff in response to changing roles, business processes and database functionality. Previously, Mervin worked as the Deputy Database Manager for Collaborative Programs at CUNY.

Prior to joining CUNY, Mervin worked as a Data Analyst for SMSB Consulting Group where he assessed each client’s individual needs, determine cost-benefit analysis of software systems, developed and maintained OLAP (On-Line Analytical Processing) data cubes and custom utilities allowing for flexibility in data and report output, enabling enhanced product management and daily tasks. Mervin also has previous experience in category management and space management in the retail settings.

Mervin received a B.S. in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics from Hofstra University.

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Althea Jenkins Webber
Assistant Director


Althea Jenkins Webber is the Assistant Director of the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Program Support, where she oversees the development and implementation of comprehensive evaluation plans for a variety of projects including college access and success initiatives such as CUNY LINCT to Success and College Now.

Prior to joining CUNY, Althea worked as a Research and Evaluation Associate at Single Stop USA, managing and analyzing data on the organization’s anti-poverty initiatives. As part of this position, she worked on an in-depth analysis to assess the potential academic and financial impacts of Single Stop USA’s community college initiative.

Althea holds a B.A. in History from Middlebury College and an M.P.A. from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she focused on domestic and international social policy, quantitative research methods, and non-profit management.

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Vandeen Campbell
Senior Research Analyst


Vandeen Campbell is a Senior Research Analyst in the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Program Support, where she leads and supports evaluation and research related to the Hilton Foundation Transition Age Youth in Foster Care grant, CUNY Start, and CUNY Creative Arts Team (CAT).

Vandeen also teaches as an adjunct lecturer at Lehman College. Prior to joining REPS, she taught with the New York City Department of Education as an elementary school teacher. Vandeen has worked on several independent research projects in her interest areas and has presented at various academic conferences. Her research interests include: sociology of education, racial and ethnic minorities, creative organizing, stratification and inequality, and quantitative methodology.

Vandeen received a B.A. from York College in Sociology and Education and a M.A. in Sociology from Queens College, specializing in applied social research. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she studies the effects of school organizational dynamics on the parental involvement of low-income and minority families using national data. Vandeen is currently a Dean K. Harrison fellowship recipient at the Graduate Center.

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