Mara Hermano

Mara Hermano
Placed Leader

Mara Hermano

Vice President for Institutional Research and Planning
Boston College

November 3, 2019

Koya Leadership Partners is delighted to have placed Mara Hermano as Vice President for Institutional Research and Planning of Boston College.

Hermano has served as RISD’s Founding Vice President of Integrated Planning since 2015, where she conceived and established an office dedicated to evidence-based integrated planning, assessment, and continuous improvement for the Providence-based college of art and design.

At RISD, Hermano led a wide range of planning and assessment efforts to achieve maximum efficiency with the school’s financial, human, and space resources, while promoting the effective use of data for institutional decision-making. She also redesigned the academic program review process to align with the school’s accreditation and multi-year resource planning, and oversaw two strategic planning processes at RISD, the most recent of which seeks to creatively reimagine organizational and financial models to support the school’s goals of contributing to a just local and global society and a sustainable planet, and engaging in new levels of research, creative practice, and critical scholarship.

Prior to being named vice president at RISD, she served as Associate Vice President of Planning and Effectiveness and Chief of Staff to the school’s president, and as Executive Director for Strategic Planning and Academic Initiatives. Earlier in her career, she served as special assistant to the dean of the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.

Hermano received her master’s degree in art history from The Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, and bachelor’s degree in art history from Sarah Lawrence College.


Read the press release: RISD’s Mara Hermano named BC’s VP for institutional research and planning.