Todd A. Petr has been a member of the NCAA research staff since 1987. He was named director in 1998, and managing director in 2003. In his current role, Todd oversees the conduct of all research conducted by the organization. During his tenure with the Association, Todd has participated in research efforts that have fundamentally changed the way the organization has accounted for academic success, and regulated academic performance. Additionally, he has been instrumental in developing comprehensive studies related to student-athlete welfare issues, athletics finances and diversity issues. Todd received his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Kansas, and a B.A. in psychology from Washington University in St. Louis.
Principal Research Scientist
Tom Paskus is the Principal Research Scientist for the NCAA. In this role, Tom directs the NCAA’s national portfolio of studies on the academic trajectories of college student-athletes and oversees the NCAA’s data collections and research initiatives pertaining to the academic, athletic, social, and personal well-being of current and former student-athletes. Tom has worked extensively on the development of the Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR), the Division I and II initial eligibility and progress toward degree standards, the GOALS and SCORE studies of the college student-athlete experience and the NCAA sports wagering study. Prior to joining the NCAA, Tom was a faculty member in the Quantitative Research Methods Program in the College of Education at the University of Denver. Tom received his Ph.D. and M.A. in quantitative psychology from the University of Virginia, and an A.B. in psychology from Dartmouth College.
Associate Director: Division I Academics, Student-Athlete Well-Being, Grant programs
Lydia F. Bell is the Associate Director of Research for Academic Performance at the NCAA. In this role, Lydia assists in all aspects of development and analysis of research on current and former student-athlete academic performance and well-being. She also oversees the Innovations in Research and Practice Grant Program, the Graduate Student Research Grant Program, and frequently collaborates with the NCAA Sport Science Institute on their student-athlete well-being and mental health initiatives. Prior to joining the NCAA, Lydia was an assistant professor of practice and director of Project SOAR in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona. Lydia received her Ph.D. in Language, Reading and Culture and M.A. in Higher Education from the University of Arizona, and an A.B. in Government & Legal Studies and Sociology from Bowdoin College. She served as the chair of the American Educational Research Association S.I.G. Research Focus on Education and Sport from 2010-2013, and serves on the editorial board the Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education.
Associate Director: Division III
Eric, who joined the NCAA staff in October of 2001, currently serves as an Associate Director of Research for Division III. His work primarily focuses on governance, membership and financial aid issues. Eric came to the NCAA from New England Research Institutes in Watertown, Massachusetts. He is also a former men’s lacrosse coach, including tenures at Wheaton College in Massachusetts and Harvard University. Eric completed his undergraduate studies at Dickinson College in 1990 and his graduate work at Boston University, resulting in a doctoral degree from the School of Education in 2001.
Associate Director: Finances and Expenses, Gender Equity, Membership Database
Nicole Hollomon has been a member of the NCAA research staff since 2007. In her current role, Nicole oversees and conducts research pertaining to athletics finances, governance issues, sport demographics, coach and administrator demographics, championships, sportsmanship, student-athlete affairs programming and issues and substance use. Additionally, she has served on various committees in an effort to improve and bring light to diversity issues as well as advised on methods to improve communications with the membership. Prior to joining the NCAA, Nicole worked at the Center for Student Leadership Development and as an instructor for sports management at Indiana University. Nicole received her M.S. in athletics administration and sports management from Indiana University, and a B.A. in sports management and communications from the University of Michigan.
Associate Director: Faculty Athletics Representatives Association, Student-Athlete Surveys, Research Review Board
Michael Miranda received his Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of Rhode Island and his BA in English from North Adams State College. Prior to joining the NCAA staff in 2009, he had served as a Reference Librarian for 25 years at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh. For the last 15 of those years, Miranda served as Faculty Athletics Representative, a post which afforded him the opportunity to serve on a number of NCAA committees, including stints as Chair of the Division III Management Council and the NCAA Research Committee. His current responsibilities include administration of large scale student-athlete surveys, the NCAA Research Review Board, and as liaison to the Faculty Athletics Representatives Association.
Associate Director/Librarian: Library and Archives, Degree Completion Awards, NCAA History
Ellen is responsible for managing the NCAA library and archives and its services. She oversees the use of the library and its resources to ensure the information needs of the Association are met and to support the Association’s purpose to preserve intercollegiate athletics records. This is Ellen’s second tour at the NCAA. She was the first NCAA librarian from 1994-1997. She returned in the fall of 1999 to continue to enhance the library and its services. Ellen also works with the Division I and Division II Degree-Completion Award programs. She is also responsible for the national office records retention policy. Ellen received her B.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and her Masters in Library Science from the University of Missouri, Columbia.
Associate Director: Division II, Data Management
Gregg Summers is the associate director of research for Division II and data management at the NCAA. He oversees data collection and cleaning activities for all major NCAA research projects, prepares databases for analysis by NCAA research staff and consultants, and provides research data analyses for Division II governance bodies, including the Academic Requirements Committee, Management Council and Presidents Council. His Division II responsibilities also include administration of the Division II Academic Tracking System and analysis of Academic Performance Census data. He first joined the staff in 1989 as a publications editor. He left the Association in 1997 to become editor of the Door County Advocate, a leading non-daily newspaper in Wisconsin. In 2000, he returned to the NCAA as manager of NCAA.org. He moved to the research staff in 2006 as an assistant director before being named to his current position in 2008. Gregg holds a B.S. in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a certificate in information technology from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
Assistant Director: Membership database; Sports sponsorship and participation / Demographics data, Internal Surveys
Erin Irick has been a member of the NCAA research staff since 2010. Prior to that she worked in the Championships Department for 6 years. In her current role, Erin manages the membership database, produces the sports sponsorship and participation report, works on the demographics database, oversees student-athlete affairs programming and other internal surveys and assists in conducts research pertaining to athletics finances. Erin received her M.B.A. in leadership from Butler University, and a B.A. in business administration with a concentration in management from the University of Saint Francis.
Assistant Director: Data Management, Data Sharing Program
Keke joined the NCAA research team in November of 2013, and currently serves as the assistant director of research in data management. She provides support to the research staff, NCAA staff, and the membership on academic data and institution data requests. She is also the primary liaison to the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and in that role oversees operation of the NCAA data-sharing initiatives. Keke received her Ph.D. in Education Policy and Leadership from the Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. Originally from China, Keke also holds a Master’s Degree in Economics of Education and a B.A. in Economics from Beijing Normal University. Prior to joining the NCAA, Keke worked as a research consultant, conducting quantitative analysis on K-12 education policy issues, with a focus on school and educator evaluation.
Assistant Director: Substance Use, Championships Surveys, Governance Scorecard
Markie Rexroat is an assistant director of research and oversees some of the non-academic projects in the department. She is the lead investigator for the Substance Use Study and also provides oversight for the Governance Scorecard. Her project responsibilities also include a number of surveys, including those dealing with championships, rules, health and safety issues, and a number of others. She received a B.S. in Sport Management from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in 2009 and an M.P.A. in Nonprofit Management from IUPUI in 2012. She was previously a research analyst at the Indiana University Public Policy Institute.
Coordinator of Research Communications: NCAA.org Research Website, Social Media
Sara Clark is the Coordinator of Research Communications for the NCAA. In this role, she coordinates the NCAA research group’s delivery of public and membership-directed research products and provides presence on the web, social media and other outlets. Prior to joining the NCAA, Sara attended Purdue University, graduating with a degree in psychology and statistics. She has been with the NCAA since August 2011.
Assistant Coordinator of Research: Assistant for Michael Miranda and Todd Petr
Lynn provides assistance for Michael Miranda and Todd Petr, and monitors the research budget. She also supports the Faculty Athletics Representatives Association (FARA). Lynn formerly worked in academic and membership affairs assisting the vice president and managing director working primarily with academic committees (NCAA Division I Committee on Academic Performance, NCAA Division I Academic Cabinet and NCAA Division I Committee on Academics). During that time she served as chair for the NCAA Writing Style Team. Also, Lynn is the go-to person to coordinate large projects or help with Microsoft Office applications. She has been with the NCAA since July 2005.
Administrative Assistant: Degree Completion Awards, Assistant to Eric Hartung and Ellen Summers
Betty provides administrative support for Ellen Summers in the library and Division I and Division II Degree-Completion Awards programs. She also supports Eric Hartung with the Division III Financial Aid Committee. She manages the planning for the meetings for each of these programs. Betty provides library research for the NCAA staff, the NCAA membership and the public. She provides support to others in the research department whenever a need is presented. She has served on the ACT committee for several years and is currently on the Green Team and the Social Committee.
Jennifer joined the research staff in June 2016. She provides assistance for Tom Paskus, Lydia Bell, Gregg Summers, Keke Liu and Sara Clark. She also works with the NCAA Graduate Student Grant Program and the NCAA Innovations Grant Program. Jennifer formerly worked in academic and membership affairs working primarily in the area of academics. She has been with the NCAA for over 15 years, starting in 1999. Jennifer earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Belmont University and her master’s degree in business management from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Research Assistant: Surveys, Qualtrics, Survey Portal, ORRA, Assistant to Nicole Bracken and Markie Rexroat
Nan Thomas provides research assistance for Nicole Hollomon, Markie Rexroat and Erin Irick on a number of surveys and projects including championships rule surveys, well-being issues for student-athletes, coaches and administration, institutional performance program, membership database, and others. She is also responsible for maintaining the research surveys in Qualtrics, the survey portion of the research portal and is the Online Research Repository and Archive (ORRA) research department liaison with the library. Prior to joining the NCAA, Nan worked for the IU School of Medicine in the Department of Adolescent Medicine as part of their research development team. She received her Applied Associates Degree in Computer Information Systems with a concentration in database management from Ivy Tech Community College in 2013.