Our Team

As former presidents, chancellors and other senior executives, our consultants draw from their knowledge and experience in higher education to help others address the challenges facing colleges and universities today. We are lifelong learners engaged in higher education research as consultants, lecturers, and scholars. Below are summaries of our consultants and their experience. Click on them for more details on their background and expertise.
Click on “Specialties” for expertise or on photo for full profile.

Senior Consultants

Michelle Behr, Ph.D.
Senior Consultant

Chancellor Emerita, University of Minnesota Morris

Leadership team building, coaching, mentoring, and development; reading institutional culture and facilitating transformation and organizational change, especially with small institutions; shared governance; institutional accreditation
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Mickey Burnim, Ph.D.
Senior Consultant

President Emeritus, Bowie State University

Executive coaching (effectiveness enhancement, transitions), leadership team effectiveness (coaching, team building, and retreat facilitation), executive evaluation, strategic planning
Specialties
Ken Dobbins, Ph.D.
Senior Consultant

President Emeritus, Southeast Missouri State University. Chancellor Emeritus, Ponce Health Sciences University, St. Louis

Assessing financial, facilities, campus budgeting process, and other administrative areas; guiding academic/non-academic program reviews in a collegial/transparent manner; conducting organizational reviews and realignments; and integrating campus-wide entrepreneurial concepts
Specialties
William Fritz, Ph.D.
Senior Consultant

President Emeritus, College of Staten Island, The City University of New York

Strategic planning for sustainability, Community engagement, Institutional legacy, Facilities management, Athletics and compliance, Leadership development and executive coaching
Specialties
Karen Haynes, Ph.D.
Senior Consultant

President Emeritus, California State University, San Marcos

Team and leadership development; executive coaching; fund and friend development; community engagement and innovative partnerships; organizational culture and climate strategies and programs.
Specialties
Dana Hoyt, Ph.D., CPA
Senior Consultant

President Emeritus, Sam Houston State University

Strategic finance using budget and data analytics; feasibility of consolidation/ merger or shared service models; athletics – changing landscape and finance; vision and strategy related to leading change; onboarding or executive coaching
Specialties
John Jasinski, Ph.D.
Senior Consultant

President Emeritus, Northwest Missouri State University

Culture and strategy (organizational assessment, organizational culture and transformation, change management, strategic planning and execution, academic planning, operational and financial effectiveness, and data/information systems). Leadership (strategic thought discussions, development and coaching, onboarding, leadership system alignment, and shared governance). Institutional capacity (external relations and fundraising; student, stakeholder, and workforce systems; partnership development; integrated and value-added accreditation approaches; and crisis management)
Specialties
Jolene Koester, Ph.D.
Senior Consultant

Interim Chancellor, The California State University

 
Team and leadership development, executive coaching, strategic planning
Specialties
Dorothy Leland, Ph.D.
Senior Consultant

Chancellor Emerita, University of California, Merced

Institutional Transformation, Leading Organizational Change, Crisis Communication, Presidential Evaluation, Executive Coaching, Leadership Team Development
Specialties
Chris Markwood, Ph.D.
Senior Consultant

Former President, Columbus State University

Strategic planning and execution, Organizational assessment, alignment and transformation, Executive Coaching, Team building/development, Leadership onboarding and transition, Shared governance, External relations and fund development, Academic planning and development
Specialties
Keith Miller, Ph.D.
Senior Consultant

President Emeritus, Lock Haven University and Former President and Professor of Leadership, Virginia State University

Branding the institution, strategic planning, enrollment management, fundraising and government relations, enterprise resource planning (ERP), emergency response management, and internationalization
Specialties
Linda Schott, Ph.D.
Senior Consultant

Former President, Southern Oregon University

Visioning and Strategic Planning, Presidential Transitions, Presidential Evaluations, Executive Coaching, Board Development and Relations, Team Development, Community-University Relations, Competency/Proficiency Based Education
Specialties
Jim Spaniolo, J.D.
Senior Consultant

President Emeritus, University of Texas Arlington

Executive Coaching and Mentoring; Leadership Team building and Effectiveness; Organizational Culture; External Relations and Fund Development; Community Engagement and Partnerships; Strategic Communications
Specialties
Ramon Torrecilha, Ph.D.
Senior Consultant

President Emeritus, Westfield State University

Executive Coaching, Team and Leadership Development, Executive Evaluation, Organizational Change
Specialties
James Votruba, Ph.D.
Senior Consultant

President Emeritus, Northern Kentucky University

Civic engagement, university-community partnerships, leadership assessment and development, organizational effectiveness and alignment, strategic planning and board development
Specialties
John Welty, Ed.D.
Senior Consultant

President Emeritus, California State University, Fresno (Fresno State)

Strategic planning, university advancement and fundraising, team building, and executive coaching
Specialties
Karen Whitney, Ph.D
Senior Consultant

President Emerita, Clarion University

Administrative & Student Centered Program Review, Governing Board Assessment, Multi-University System Assessment Organizational Structural Assessment, Senior/Executive Leadership Assessment & Development
Specialties

CONSULTANTS

Kevin Corcoran, Ph.D.
Consultant
Team and Leadership Development; Community and Civic Engagement; Strategic Planning (and implementation); Leading in a context of shared governance; Boundary-spanning collaboration across campus.
Specialties
Marten denBoer, Ph.D.
Consultant
Coaching, DEI, Manager and staff onboarding and transition
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Sheryl I. Fontaine, Ph.D.
Consultant
Collegial governance and organizational restructuring, executive coaching, leadership development and transition
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Mary Jo Gonzales, Ph.D.
Consultant
Leading through systemic change; leveraging organizational transitions and realignments; broadening institutional capacity through executive leadership and team development; infusing equity in organizational development; growth-oriented crisis management and strategic communications
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Kathy Mangels
Consultant
Assessing financial data, campus budget process, and financing solutions; financial services including billing and financial aid; facilities management and master planning.
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Rashad Nelms, J.D.
Consultant
Coaching, DEI, Manager and staff onboarding and transition
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Clint-Michael Reneau, Ph.D.
Consultant
Diversity, equity, and inclusion; student affairs and co-curricular strategy and development; student conduct and Title IX; disability services and ADA/504 compliance; team and leadership development; crisis communication; retreat facilitation; strategic planning
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James C. Schroeder, Ph.D.
Consultant
Fundraising, alumni relations, foundation and alumni board development, advancement management, President/advancement relationships
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Executive director

Matt Ceppi, Ed.D.
Executive Director
Strategy design and execution, transformation, public private partnerships, financial and resource allocation models, talent management, university foundations and auxiliaries
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Emeriti

Dr. John Moore

Dr. John Moore

Emeritus in Memoriam. President Emeritus And Distinguished Trustee Professor, Indiana State University

Dr. Edward Penson

Dr. Edward Penson

Emeritus in Memoriam. President Emeritus, Salem College

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