April 18, 2017
Andy Mauk isn’t a mathematician, but he’s all about numbers. He directs the university’s data collection, reporting and analysis.
“Our office provides the kinds of data and information that lead the chancellor, the provost, deans, faculty and staff to the types of answers that ultimately improve the student experience at UNCW,” said Mauk, who serves as the associate provost for institutional research and planning.
Mauk, who joined UNCW in August 2011, was named associate provost on March 1, 2017, after serving as interim associate provost since October 2016. He enjoys his job because it allows him to “utilize both a big picture mindset with a keen attention to details.”
Mauk decided to pursue a career in academia because of the important role it plays in society.
“We’re at the forefront of ideas and thought. That excites me to no end,” he explained. “I love working with passionate and intelligent people, especially those who want to support students and ultimately contribute to the improvement of our society.”
In his role as associate provost, Mauk is involved in conversations about the university from data management to governance, academic space planning and institutional strategy. “I’ve had some experience in these areas before, but now I’m more involved and it’s fun to be at different tables having new conversations about the future of UNCW,” he said.
Mauk describes UNCW as a hidden gem.
“The student experience here is top-notch and offers such a variety that no matter what students want to try, there’s a place for them,” he said. “Student research projects, leadership roles, athletics and career building — we’ve got it all.”
-- Venita Jenkins