Dr. Lynn Akey, Student Success, Analytics and Integrated Planning

Dr. Lynn Akey Lynn D. Akey serves as the Vice President for Student Success, Analytics and Integrated Planning at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Dr. Akey provides leadership and direction for the coordination and integration of student advising and support functions that ensures access, sustains educational excellence, fosters student development, and advances high levels of student achievement and success. Dr. Akey is responsible for the strategic development and optimal operation of the University’s institutional research and accreditation functions. Dr. Akey is the institution’s leader in data governance and linking institutional processes within a context of integrated planning.


Dr. Akey has served at Minnesota State University, Mankato since 2000, with over 20 years of professional experience and expertise in integrated and strategic planning; student development and success; institutional research and analytics; and accreditation and assessment of student learning. Her current leadership role was preceded by positions of increasing responsibility in Academic Affairs and Student Affairs. Dr. Akey is a graduate of the Harvard Institute for Educational Management, facilitator for the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) Planning Institute, past Chair of the SCUP Board of Directors, and member of the Higher Learning Commission Peer Review Corps. Dr. Akey’s numerous accomplishments include a record of refereed and invited scholarly publications and presentations, consultantships, grants, and professional service, as well as multiple honors and awards.


Dr. Akey earned her PhD in Educational Policy and Administration, Higher Education from the University of Minnesota, a MA in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University, and a BS in Psychology from Northeast Missouri State University/Truman State University.

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