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Center for Student Success Staff

Victoria Lukich, EdD, Director

Victoria Lukich

Victoria Lukich has a rich and varied background in K-12 education spanning 36 years. Her experience has been as a classroom teacher at the middle and high school levels, a school improvement coordinator, assistant principal, and principal. In addition, Dr. Lukich served as a district-level administrator overseeing and supporting high schools and option schools in a large school district. She has worked for the U.S. Department of Education conducting program evaluations of secondary schools throughout the U.S. Her work in four different districts at the school and district levels, in addition to work with the USDOE, provide her with extensive experience in curriculum development, using data to guide school improvement efforts, program evaluation, and school leadership. Dr. Lukich also has expertise in guiding and supporting schools and school leaders through the change process, as well as promoting and engaging in practices that promote equity in schools.

Marjorie McGee, PhD, Research Associate

Dr. McGee is the Center’s lead data analyst. She is adept in answering key research or evaluation questions and identifying the appropriate datasets, including Oregon Department of Education student level datasets. She is skilled in a number of software programs used for research such as SPSS, Stata, and Atlas Ti. Her analytical skills include the ability to conduct statistical analyses using complex survey data, as well as using an intersectional, inter-categorical approach to examine educational disparities by multiple social statuses. 

Rick Dills, EdD, Consultant 

Dr. Dills has over 30 years of experience as an educational practitioner (teacher, coach, and school administrator). His work with the Center has included grant evaluation design and implementation, logic model-based evaluation plans and the use of data to assess and inform educational improvement. Before his retirement as a school administrator, Dr. Dills was the director of student achievement for the Gresham-Barlow School District. In that capacity, he and the district received state, national and international recognition for leadership in using Rasch-based assessment information to study and promote student growth. Dr. Dills has taught classes on performance assessment and educational measurement for Portland State University, and previously worked for the Oregon University System to develop its Proficiency-Based Admission System (PASS). 

Consultant cadre 

The Center works with a variety of consultants to provide additional expertise and meet the needs of our clients. Our consultant cadre includes educational leaders with extensive backgrounds in K-12 education, including district and school leadership, curriculum and instruction, staff development, strategic planning, grant writing, and program evaluation.