The Student Sunrise project is committed to engaging the WashU community, including students, throughout the project to capture the various needs and viewpoints of our schools and academic units.

Campus participants will be engaged in all key project activities, including process and system design, testing, data conversion, system integrations, training development and more. Engagements may include surveys, focus groups and ad hoc meetings, as well as formal partnerships through project governance, campus teams and advisory groups.

Advisory Groups

Advisory groups serve as part of Student Sunrise’s governance structure and provide insight and guidance to the project’s governance teams. Current advisory groups include:

IT Leaders Advisory Group

The IT Leaders Advisory Group is comprised of IT leads in each of the schools and central units most impacted by the project. This group offers perspectives and recommendations to the project team regarding technical and other decisions, in addition to supporting engagement with the project within their school or unit. The group also provides feedback on timelines, resource plans, technical strategies, risks and impacts related to their school or unit.


  • Michael Coffman, Student Sunrise Technical Project Director
  • Josh Edwards, Student Sunrise Technology Transformation Director


  • Jason Bengtson, Head of Library Technology Services, Olin Library
  • Herschell Clark, Computer Systems Manager, Olin Business School
  • Jeff Coates, Database Administrator / Web Developer, School of Law
  • Bryant Douglas, Manager of Computer and General Services, Olin Business School
  • Jill Fechtman, Assistant Director Student Domain – Enterprise Applications
  • Ben Geers, Senior Director of Computing & IT Services, McKelvey School of Engineering
  • Kenneth Keller, Senior Director for IT Service Management, School of Arts & Sciences
  • Samantha Lacy, Senior Computer Systems Manager, Brown School
  • Christie Livingston, Manager of Financial Operations
  • Jeffrey Roberts, Associate Dean & Director of Facilities, Events & Building Operations, School of Law
  • Emily Thompson, Director of Online Programs, School of Medicine
  • Richard Viehmann, Computer Systems Manager, Sam Fox School
  • Dylan Vogt, Systems Support Specialist, Olin Business School
Faculty Advisory Group

The Faculty Advisory Group will counsel the project team about how to best engage and support faculty as the university transitions to Workday Student. Members represent all schools, and their nominations come from Student Sunrise Steering Committee members and school deans.


Mary McKay, Vice Provost of Interdisciplinary Initiatives and Student Sunrise Faculty Advisory Group Chair


  • Steven Ambler, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and Orthopaedic Surgery, School of Medicine
  • Yehuda Ben-Shahar, Professor of Biology, School of Arts & Sciences
  • Christine Berg, Professor of Occupational Therapy and Neurology, School of Medicine
  • Sergio Chayet, Senior Lecturer in Supply Chain, Operations, and Technology, Olin School of Business
  • Erik Dane, Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, Olin School of Business
  • John Early, Senior Lecturer in Art, Sam Fox School
  • Amy Eyler, Associate Professor of Public Health, Brown School
  • Christopher Gill, Professor of Computer Science & Engineering, McKelvey School of Engineering
  • Peter Kastor, Professor of History and American Culture Studies, School of Arts & Sciences
  • Denise Lieberman, Adjunct Professor, Law School
  • Ryan Lindsay, Associate Professor of Practice, Brown School
  • Steve Mennerick, Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Education, Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences; Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, School of Medicine
  • Robert Mark Morgan, Director of Beyond Boundaries; Teaching Professor of Drama, School of Arts & Sciences
  • Linda C. Samuels, Associate Professor of Urban Design, Sam Fox School
  • Patricia Widder, Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies & Principal Lecturer, McKelvey School of Engineering
  • Michael Wysession, Executive Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning; Professor of Earth & Planetary Science, School of Arts & Sciences
  • Iva Youkilis, Teaching Professor of Italian, School of Arts & Sciences

Campus Teams

During the Workday Student implementation, the Sunrise project is working with five campus teams aligned to Workday’s functional areas: 

  1. Academic Foundation & Admissions Campus Team
  2. Advising, Degree Audit & Curriculum Campus Team
  3. Financial Aid Campus Team
  4. Records & Registration Campus Team
  5. Student Financials Campus Team

These teams will be engaged from the beginning of the Architect, Configure & Prototype Stage through go-live. They provide insight into current academic practices in each school, including any unique requirements we need to take into consideration during the design and configuration of Workday.

In addition to providing insight into Workday’s configuration, implementation campus teams also play a critical role to help prepare the university for go-live by participating in a range of change management, communications and training activities to ensure their schools and units are ready to begin using the system. 

View campus team participants by team and by school/unit (Box) »  

Campus Data Verifiers

This team will help in the data conversion process required to move our data from SIS, and other systems, to Workday Student. Data verifiers will review converted data in Workday against current systems at regular intervals throughout the project to confirm that the data is mapping as expected. They will begin verifying their first set of data in April 2022.

View list of campus data verifiers (Box) »

Get Involved

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