Retirement Announcement for Diane Mutal
After 36 years of outstanding service to UNLV, Diane Muntal, Director of Institutional Reporting in the Office of Decision Support, is retiring. Her last day on campus will be June 4, 2014.
Diane will be missed for many reasons, most notably for her daily work supporting her UNLV colleagues in their efforts to meet the mission of the university. There will be a reception in her honor on Thursday, May 8th from 2:00PM to 4:00PM in SU 208C.
Beginning her career at UNLV as a graduate student in French Language and Literature, Diane taught French for the department of Foreign Languages before joining the Office of Institutional Analysis and Planning in 1980. One of only two employees in the office for many years, Diane was instrumental in developing the Office as a reliable and widely respected information resource. She created the first database of professionals, faculty, and part-time instructors at UNLV, thereby providing administrators with access to this information reliably and consistently for the first time. As editor and lead contributor for 26 years, Diane developed UNLV’s fact book, Selected Institutional Characteristics, into the most reliable source of trend data and information for planning, budgeting, accreditation, program review and policy development. These reports and the underlying data definitions served as a framework for future automation of reporting at UNLV, including website design and data warehouse development. The direct point of contact for many department chairs, faculty, administrators, and office managers, Diane provided consultative and reporting assistance for accreditation self-studies, national rankings surveys, and an increasingly diverse set of System, state and federal accountability requirements. As the institution grew larger and more complex, Diane developed her skills to keep pace with the growing demand for information. She enjoyed sharing her expertise with colleagues, and provided training to individuals both within and outside of the office. She provided formal instruction on office applications such as DataNet, Student Tracker, and more recently, UNLV’s first integrated data warehouse and business intelligence tool, MyUNLV Analytics.
Widely recognized for her understanding and concern for issues affecting faculty and staff, Diane served the Faculty Senate as senator, chair of the Salary and Benefits Committee and the NSHE Joint Compensation Committee. She was appointed chair of President’s Ad Hoc Health Plan Study Committee, conducting the first university-wide study on the impact of health plan changes on faculty and staff. More recently, Diane served on the Differential Tuition Advisory Group, Minority Serving Institution Task Force, and Academic Assessment Committee.
A two-time alumnus of UNLV, Diane is a valued member of the Association for Institutional Research, both as a presenter and in her service on professional committees. In addition to her contributions as a presenter, she served as president and treasurer for the Rocky Mountain Association for Institutional Research, co-chairing two very successful local conferences that highlighted the talents of our students and faculty in the College of Hotel Administration.
Please join the staff in the Office of Decision Support and the Provost’s Office on Thursday, May 8th from 2:00PM to 4:00PM in SU 208C on May 8th, as we honor Diane for her many accomplishments and dedicated service to UNLV.