MACON – Mercer University Provost Dr. D. Scott Davis has announced the appointment of Dr. Danielle Buehrer as vice provost of institutional effectiveness, effective Jan. 1.

Dr. Danielle Buehrer

Dr. Buehrer will succeed Dr. Susan Malone, who will remain with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness in a part-time role for the upcoming spring semester before transitioning into retirement.

“Dr. Buehrer is highly respected among her peers and brings a wealth of experience to the position,” said Dr. Davis. “The University will be in very capable hands as she leads the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and its responsibilities related to accreditation, assessment, institutional research and various aspects of federal compliance.”

Dr. Buehrer comes to Mercer from Kennesaw State University, where she oversaw its Office of Accreditation and Policy as executive director of institutional quality and accreditation and was the institution’s accreditation liaison for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

She has served as SACSCOC liaison at three different institutions, leading them successfully through reaffirmations of accreditation and several substantive changes. She also worked as a paid advisory consultant to assist with institutional and program accreditation issues for eight private and public postsecondary educational institutions in Georgia and Florida.

Dr. Buehrer earned her bachelor’s degree in English and master’s degree in public administration, both from Valdosta State University, as well as her Doctor of Education from the University of Georgia and a graduate certificate in institutional research from Florida State University.

Dr. Malone will retire at the end of the 2021-2022 academic year following a decade of service as vice provost of institutional effectiveness and SACSCOC liaison at Mercer. She previously served as associate dean of the College of Education since coming to Mercer from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2004.

“Dr. Malone has successfully led Mercer through SACSCOC reaffirmation and provided expert guidance on many academic and co-curricular program accreditations,” said Dr. Davis. “Her leadership has been invaluable in building a solid foundation in accreditation for the University.”