Michael Gass has 30 years of teaching and administrative experience at higher education institutions and state higher education agencies, primarily in information technology and institutional research. Dr. Gass held faculty positions teaching philosophy earlier in his career. He has served at UNC Asheville since 2015.
In his current position Dr. Gass leads the university division charged with strategic planning and decision support, assessment of institutional effectiveness, institutional data and analytic services, management of institutional re-accreditation efforts, and information technology services. A former CIO as well as a Director of Institutional Research at three institutions, he presents at national conferences on the role of information technology in institutional research and serves on the national advisory board for the National Study of Instructional Costs and Productivity at the University of Delaware. Dr. Gass has a B.A. degree in chemistry and philosophy from Carson-Newman College, a B.S. degree in computer science from Georgia College, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Duke University.
He and his wife Beth Rushing have two grown daughters and four grandchildren.