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Office of Institutional Research staff

Paul Gill, Reporting Analyst

Gill has an extensive background in business, financial accounting and information technology. Prior to Columbia College, he was involved in the development and maintenance of mission-critical enterprise application software utilizing Sybase technologies.

Gill holds a bachelor's degree in Law.

Cole Hargis, Reporting Analyst

Hargis started with Institutional Research in January 2020. He has a background in assisting customers with their technological needs. As a student worker for End User Support in Technology Services at Columbia College, he was responsible for assisting all staff, faculty and administration with their tech issues. Hargis was also a Technology Sales Associate for Staples where he assisted customers with finding the correct product to meet their needs.  

Hargis holds an Associate of General Studies (2017) and a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems (2019) from Columbia College.

Kelly Sharp, Communications Analyst

Sharp joined Institutional Research in May 2018 after working more than 14 years in the Office of the Registrar at Columbia College. In her positions at CC, she has had the opportunity to work with a variety of offices and departments and has built a successful working relationship that will serve her well in her new position completing external data requests, including state and federal requests, and assisting with facilitating trainings for Webfocus users. She has also been an adjunct professor for the Math Department, teaching Intermediate Algebra for the traditional campus.

Sharp graduated from Moberly Area Community College with an Associate of Applied Science in Accounting. Sharp went on to complete a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics as well as a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting in 2005 from Columbia College. She also completed her Master of Business Administration – Accounting Track in 2014 at Columbia College.

Jeremy Simkins, Assistant Director

Simkins's experience with Institutional Research began in 2017 as a student worker. In 2018, he moved to the temporary position of Business Analyst and then to the current position of Reporting Analyst. Before these positions, he worked as a site supervisor for an employment services organization assisting adults with disabilities. He also has experience as a care assistant with a particular interest in facilitating the use of assistive technology.

Simkins received an Associate's degree from the University of New Mexico in 2010 and graduated from Columbia College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems in 2019.

Ben Wood, Reporting Analyst

Wood began working at Columbia College in January 2015 in the Office of Academic Assessment as an academic assessment specialist, moving over to his current role as Reporting Analyst in Institutional Research in July 2017. Prior to joining Columbia College, Ben worked as database manager for the Lincoln University Education Department in Jefferson City, Missouri, and as a student worker for the Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis (OSEDA) at the University of Missouri.

Wood received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Missouri in 2009.

Last updated: 03/02/2021

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