Announcing the Data Privacy Consultative Committee

February 13, 2023

To the George Washington Community:

In the fall, I provided an update to the community regarding the Data Privacy Task Force’s work in response to a data analytics pilot project that occurred on campus during the Fall 2021 semester. I shared that the university had already implemented structural changes to better align our IT infrastructure with the university’s academic mission, and that at the Task Force’s recommendation, the university would adopt three core principles regarding the use of university data for analytical purposes.

In an effort to further advance the goals of these principles, I am pleased to announce the establishment of the Data Privacy Consultative Committee (DPCC). On a quarterly basis, the DPCC, comprising faculty, staff and student representation, will review university data projects and make recommendations, if any, to administrators regarding compliance of those projects with university policies for the collection and use of data. The DPCC will also review university data projects flagged by administrators as possibly out of alignment with standard university business practices and policies, and offer recommendations as to whether the projects should be paused or proceed, along with any suggested policy revisions.

The members of the inaugural Data Privacy Consultative Committee are:

  • Ronald Layne, Director, Data Quality and Data Governance (Chair)
  • Stephanie Baldwin, Associate General Counsel
  • Harald Griesshammer, Professor, Physics
  • Cristina Grigore, Privacy Manager
  • Joe Knop, Director, Institutional Research and Planning
  • Collins Munyendo, Graduate Student, SEAS
  • Daniel Solove, Eugene L. and Barbara A. Bernard Professor of Intellectual Property and Technology Law
  • Marinella Temprosa, Associate Research Professor, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
  • Philip Wirtz, Professor, Decision Sciences & Psychology
  • Eric Yang, Director, Institutional Analytics

I am grateful to the Data Privacy Task Force for its hard work last year in developing data privacy principles and recommendations for the university’s consideration, and I look forward to the Data Privacy Consultative Committee’s forthcoming efforts in advancing these core principles as we realize the benefits of data analytics at the George Washington University.


Christopher Alan Bracey
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Professor of Law