Staff

Steven M. LaNasa

Steven LaNasa
Steve serves as the Director of the National Higher Education Benchmarking Institute, and comes with more than 25 years of higher education experience, in both two- and four-year institutions.  Formerly the President of Donnelly College, his administrative experience also includes leadership roles in academic, fiscal, and student affairs, as well as human resources and information technology.  As a faculty member, his research and teaching focuses on college access, organizational performance and student success.  He holds a Ph.D. from Penn State where he served in the Center for the Study of Higher Education.

Michelle D. Taylor

Michelle Taylor
Michelle Taylor is the Senior Research & Data Analyst at the National Higher Education Benchmarking Institute (NHEBI). She conducts the data collection, analytics and reporting functions for a variety of national higher education projects including the National Community College Benchmark Project (NCCBP) and the Cost and Productivity Project and the University Benchmark Project.  Additionally, she manages the annual National Benchmarking Conference for NHEBI. Before joining the institute, she worked in marketing research at several companies including H&R Block, American Express and American Century Investments where she led marketing research efforts in the US, Canada and Latin America. Additionally, she was a Research Analyst at the Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Wichita State University where she worked with business, economic and demographic information as well as managed the CEDBR’s Annual Economic Outlook Conference. Michelle received her MBA with an emphasis in International Business and Marketing from The Pennsylvania State University’s Smeal College of Business. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from Washburn University.

Daniel J. Ferguson

Danny Ferguson
Dan Ferguson is the software application developer for the National Higher Education Benchmarking Institute (NHEBI). He creates and maintains the web apps that power the institute’s newest projects. Prior to his work at the institute, Dan built web applications in the following industries: retail, banking, transportation logistics, social networking and journalism. Dan received a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. His programming skills are self-taught through involvement in open source projects.