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Leadership Bio

Tristan Denley

Tristan Denley is Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer at University System of Georgia. His work with DXtera Institute began while he served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the Tennessee Board of Regents. Before moving to the system office in August 2013 he was Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Austin Peay State University from January 2009. Originally from Penzance, England, Dr. Denley earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Trinity College Cambridge, and held positions in Sweden, Canada, and at the University of Mississippi before coming to Tennessee. At Ole Miss he served as Chair of Mathematics, and Senior Fellow of the Residential College program.

Throughout his career, he has taken a hands-on approach in a variety of initiatives impacting student success. In 2007, he was chosen as a Redesign Scholar by the National Center for Academic Transformation for his work in rethinking the teaching of freshmen mathematics classes.

At Austin Peay he created Degree Compass, a course recommendation system that successfully pairs current students with the courses that best fit their talents and program of study for upcoming semesters. This system combines hundreds of thousands of past students’ grades with each particular student’s transcript, to make individualized recommendations for current students. It has received recognition from EDUCAUSE, Complete College America, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and President Obama and won a platinum IMS Global Learning Impact Award in 2014.

Dr. Denley was the recipient of the 2016 Newel Perry Award from the National Federation of the Blind for his leadership of a systemic approach to the accessibility of educational content.

His most recent work has been to transform developmental education and advising at a system scale. His work continues in using a data-informed approach to implement a wide variety of system-scale initiatives surrounding college completion, stretching from education redesign in a variety of disciplines, to the role of predictive analytics and data mining, cognitive psychology and behavioral economics in higher education.

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