Meet Our Staff

Sandi Gillilan
Sandi Gillilan, Ed.D.
Associate Vice Provost

Dr. Sandi Gillilan serves as Associate Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and provides leadership for accreditation, planning, assessment, program review, and accountability initiatives. She is the Chair of the newly formed IT Governance Council. Sandi also co-chairs the Institutional Effectiveness Council and the SACSCOC Steering Committee. She joined LSU in 2014 after spending seven years at Northern Kentucky University and four years at the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Overall, Sandi has nearly 20 years of experience in higher education spanning a wide array of areas, including institutional effectiveness, accountability, change management, budget, performance, and policy.

Tara Rose
Tara Rose, Ph.D.
Director of Assessment

Dr. Tara Rose serves as Director of Assessment. Working collaboratively with faculty, staff, and administrators, she leads academic quality efforts including strategies for direct, performance-based assessment of student learning at the program and university levels that reflect current trends and best practices in higher education. Tara has 20 years of experience in assessment and outcomes analyses. She began her career with a nonprofit organization and has also spent time at the state level working for the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission and the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. She previously served as the Director of Assessment at the University of Kentucky and has also taught at Eastern Kentucky University in the Department of Homeland Security. Since 2010, Tara has participated as a Board Member on the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE), previously holding the position of President in AY 2015-16 and currently serving as Chair of the Recruitment and Retention Committee.

Stephenie Franks

Stephenie Franks, M.A.
Assistant Director for Institutional Effectiveness

Stephenie Franks serves as Assistant Director for Institutional Effectiveness and is responsible for tracking discipline-specific accreditation across the university and managing regional accreditation reports and activities, including substantive change notifications, the Fifth-Year Interim Report, and reaffirmation of accreditation materials, as required by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Commission on Colleges. She also directs the university's program review process for all academic and support units, manages the OIE website, and provides administrative support to the Institutional Effectiveness Council and SACSCOC Steering Committee. Stephenie earned her bachelor's degree in sociology and master's degree in political science from Louisiana State University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Research.

Tori Greenwood

Tori Clement

Tori Clement manages the Taskstream by Watermark Accountability Management System and Learning Achievement Tools and is responsible for creating accounts, managing workspace templates, and assisting users with uploading information. She provides administrative support to the Director and Assistant Director of Assessment and to the Faculty Senate Committee on Integrative Learning Core Committee. She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Louisiana State University and is currently pursuing a master's degree in higher education administration.


Colleen Verrett serves as a graduate assistant and provides support to all areas of the office, including regional and discipline-specific accreditation, program review, strategic planning, student learning, and the integrative learning core. Additionally, she provides assistance in the development of the SACSCOC Fifth-Year Interim Report. Colleen earned her bachelor’s degree in child and family studies from Louisiana State University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in child and family studies.