James Kennedy is the Associate Vice President for University Student Services and Systems (USSS) at Indiana University. Jim’s responsibilities includes providing functional oversight of the student information system for all seven Indiana University campuses in the areas of admissions, financial aid, student records, and veteran’s affairs. He is responsible for campus-wide operations in the areas of institutional research and reporting, operational support, data access, and internal controls.
Jim’s systems experience is focused on technology enhancements and changes to business processes to improve service while reducing costs. He has provided leadership on numerous campus projects including the implementation of Shared Services at Indiana University.
Jim’s expertise also includes over 18 years of financial aid experience. He has been involved in research and strategy initiatives to address affordability and student loan debt issues and is currently a member of the Higher Education Committee of 50, a national committee examining policy areas related to access, affordability, accountability and transparency. Jim has presented on financial aid and affordability issues to many organizations including the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) and other legislative committees. He has been appointed by Indiana Governor Holcomb to serve on the Indiana Education Savings Authority Board (ISEA) focused on helping families save for college.
His background includes over 30 years of higher education experience in student systems, student financial aid, and student financials. Before coming to Indiana University in February 2006, he performed leadership roles in student services at North Dakota State University, The University of Minnesota, and Emory University.