John Chawana named MCC vice chancellor of institutional effectiveness, research and technology

John M. Chawana, Ph.D., has been named Metropolitan Community College’s vice chancellor of institutional effectiveness, research and technology. Chawana’s appointment by Chancellor Kimberly Beatty was approved Oct. 19 by the Board of Trustees. He will start his new position Oct. 30.

Dr. John Chawana

Chawana comes to MCC from Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas, where he is executive director of institutional effectiveness and compliance. TCC is one of the nation’s largest community college systems, serving more than 100,000 students annually.

At MCC, Chawana will oversee the areas of institutional research, effectiveness and planning, as well as technology. As a member of the College’s Executive Cabinet, he will report to Chancellor Beatty.

“John has a passion for enhancing institutional performance to create a consistent and enriching experience for students, faculty and staff,” Dr. Beatty says. “He will be invaluable to us as we devote our energies to becoming a high-performing institution that is always focused on student success. I’m a big believer in data-informed decision-making, which John and his team will help us with.”

“I am honored to be part of this fine institution,” Chawana says, “and I look forward to joining the MCC family in serving our students and advancing the mission of the College.”

During his tenure at Tarrant County College, Chawana has provided leadership in designing and developing institution-wide strategic imperatives for organizational effectiveness and planning, as well as ensuring overall institutional compliance with federal and accreditation requirements. Under his leadership, the college revamped and streamlined multiple organizational functions to achieve operational efficiency. The college also radically overhauled the institutional effectiveness and compliance infrastructure, resulting in adoption of new technologies, processes and realignment of roles.

Chawana has been around technology most of his professional life. At Tarrant County College he has worked with a spectrum of IT leaders, technology suppliers and their partners to help create a synergistic and effective ecosystem that supports student success. He spearheaded the integration of spatial analysis capabilities in institutional intelligence to strengthen data-driven decision-making. He also launched the integration of IT platforms to improve institutional effectiveness, faculty credentialing, substantive change and other accreditation-related functions.

Prior to joining TCC, Chawana worked as a lead economic planner and analyst at North Central Texas Council of Governments, the metropolitan planning organization of Dallas/Fort Worth. He served as a database administrator for labor market information systems and as a geographic systems analyst. He also worked closely with suppliers of economic modeling software to help them develop more responsive user experiences. His research experience there included big-data mining, analysis of business intelligence information, data modeling, data tracking and data forecasting. He also streamlined project delivery and development of visioning exercises and strategic plans.

Chawana’s teaching and research experience spans Brookhaven College and Cedar Valley College, both in Texas, as well as University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington and University of Phoenix.

He holds a master’s degree in city and regional planning and a doctoral degree in urban planning, both from University of Texas at Arlington. He also holds a master’s degree in sociology and public administration from University of North Texas, as well as several professional and industry certifications. He has been affiliated with various professional organizations including American Society for Quality, American Planning Association, Society for College and University Planning, Project Management Institute, Texas Association of Institutional Researchers and International Society for Teaching and Learning, among others.