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About Us

Suzanne Thomas, Ph.D.
Assistant Provost for Institutional Effectiveness

As Assistant Provost for Institutional Effectiveness, Dr. Thomas establishes the strategy the university uses to evaluate its performance on its strategic goals and in its mission as an academic health sciences center.  IE uses applied research methods to help the university and its component units make data-informed decisions, engage in continuous quality improvement, demonstrate stewardship and accountability, develop targeted improvement plans, and allocate resources to the university’s best advantage.

Dr. Thomas is a professor of psychiatry with joint appointments in the College of Medicine and College of Health Professions. She is member of MUSC's Provost's Council, Education Advisory Council, and the enterprise-wide Strategic Advisory Council.  She chairs the Department of Psychiatry's promotion and tenure committee and the university's student complaint committee. She is the university's Accreditation Liaison to SACSCOC and is a graduate of the Harvard Leadership Development Institute.


Ben Reynolds, Ph.D.
Director of Assessment

Dr. Reynolds has over a decade of experience in institutions of higher education. His professional background includes experience in assessment and accreditation both as a faculty member and as an administrator. As the Director of Assessment in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, he works with academic program directors and other university leaders to help them develop plans for continuous quality improvement, implement those plans, and interpret their results. He also leads the production of reports for external stakeholders such as Federal and State government agencies and he coordinates institutional research projects such as student and employee surveys. In addition, he serves as a consultant to academic programs seeking/reaffirming professional accreditation.

As an academic administrator, he is deeply committed to supporting an environment where excellent teaching and innovative research produce transformative experiences for MUSC students and long-term benefits to the local community and the broader world. He has authored or edited four scholarly books and holds degrees from Wofford College, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Emily Stachowski
Administrative Assistant