Kurt Edward Ewen was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. He earned an Associate of Arts degree from Valencia Community College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from St. Meinrad College in St. Meinrad, Indiana. Graduate and post-graduate studies took him to the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, in Leuven, Belgium where he completed a Master’s degree in Religious Studies and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (Sacrae Theologiae Licentiatus or S.T.L., a 2-year post-graduate degree) in Philosophical Theology. Kurt completed doctoral studies in Educational Leadership, with a specialization in Higher Education Administration, at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. His doctoral dissertation research extends his interest in collective sense-making to the role that data or evidence can play in creating the potential for collaborative decision-making and innovative practice in higher education. Kurt is currently serves as the Chief of Staff and Vice Chancellor of Strategy, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness and at Houston Community College (HCC). Prior to his move to Houston, Kurt worked at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida. In his 15+ years at Valencia, Kurt served as a Professor of Philosophy/Humanities, Director of Institutional Assessment, AVP for Institutional Effectiveness and Planning, and Presidential Fellow under Dr. Sanford “Sandy” Shugart.