UCF’s Paige Borden ’95MBA ’00EdD has joined a new Council for Student Success of the Association of Governing Boards and Colleges (AGB) launched to provide higher education boards with insights and strategies to boost student outcomes.

Borden, who President Alexander N. Cartwright recently promoted to chief analytics officer at UCF, oversees the Division of Analytics and Integrated Planning. The division collects and analyzes data to inform decisions by UCF leaders on priorities that include student success, academic excellence and strategic planning. Borden focuses on guiding UCF’s analytics strategy, increasing data literacy and providing actionable insights. Her umbrella of activities includes leadership for university accountability, student predictive analytics initiatives, decision-support intelligence and state and federal reporting.

The AGB is the premier support organization for higher education governing boards and their executives, supporting more than 2,000 public and private institutions and 40,000 members. Borden is the only representative from a Florida public university on the 21-member council, created in 2021 to discuss student success priorities across higher education and the obstacles and macro-level trends that university governing boards face.

“I’m honored to join this distinguished group of experts to help governing board leaders with strategies to enhance and promote student success,” Borden says. “I look forward to the data-informed resources the council will develop to aid executives in leveraging the power of higher education to enhance student success and well-being.”

Henry Stoever, AGB president and chief executive, says the Council for Student Success ensures that boards across the country regularly receive leading and practical guidance on crucial topics.

“These council members help to ensure that we are aware of not only what’s going on at that moment but also what they need to know from AGB to lead with confidence and knowledge in the boardroom,” he says. “It’s a crucial partnership, and I appreciate their hard work.”

Borden’s appointment extends UCF’s reach as a pacesetter for advancing success for students from all backgrounds. Among other efforts, UCF is among 11 founding members of the University Innovation Alliance, a coalition of major public research universities determined to eliminate family income as a predictor of student success and increase the numbers of students earning degrees. In recent years, UCF has achieved school-record retention and graduation rates, particularly among African American and Hispanic students in exceeding national averages.

Borden’s more than two decades at UCF include various leadership roles with the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs, Institutional Knowledge Management and the Registrar’s Office. She is a former board member for the Association for Institutional Research, past treasurer and executive board member of the Southern Association for Institutional Researchers, and former president of the Florida Association for Institutional Research.

Borden holds two degrees from UCF: a doctorate in higher education leadership and a master’s in business administration (MBA). She also earned a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from Florida State University.

“Dr. Borden is deeply knowledgeable and committed to student success,” says Michael D. Johnson, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs. “I am delighted that she has this opportunity to join an impressive group of national thought leaders who champion student success.”