Brent Drake

fellow for research and innovation


Brent Drake, Ph.D joined the Gardner Institute in 2016 and serves as a Fellow for Research and Innovation. Dr. Drake is working on ongoing development of JNGI’s APC and assisting with the development of an Academic Advising improvement process. He also currently serves as the Chief Data Officer overseeing the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Effectiveness at Purdue University, where he focuses on data related to student learning and attainment, overall institutional effectiveness, institutional reporting, faculty activity, and data analytics. Prior to this appointment, he served as Assistant Vice Provost and Director of Enrollment Management Analysis and Reporting for the University. He began his employment at Purdue in 2001 as the assessment coordinator for the Lily Endowment retention initiatives at Purdue University. Brent earned all three of his degrees from Purdue. His B.A. was earned in 1995 in athletic training, M.S. in 1997 in Sports Psychology and Ph.D. in 2009 in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in both motivation theory and psychometrics. He presents and publishes on a number of topics in higher education including motivational model related to student success, retention enhancing programs, business intelligence and data analytics, enrollment modeling, recruitment, enrollment trends and student success efforts. Brent also serves as a lecturer in the Purdue Department of Education Studies where he teaches motivation theory, measurement theory, statistics and research methods in higher education.

To contact Brent, please email him at or call 828-233-5874.