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The higher education Consulting Directors of focusEDU can assist you with assessment/evaluation consulting; national searches and the appointment of interim placements.
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Gary Hauser higher education consulting director focusEDU, expertise:student finances development and administration, tuition funding programs net revenues.
Gary Hauser
Consulting Director
Professional Profile

Skill-Based Expertise:
Development and administration of optimization solutions for student finances and net revenues associated with tuition and funding programs; workshop development for sustainable revenue generations; integration of financial best practices administration with overall fiscal operations pertinent to student financial services; Perkins Loan administration best practices.

Dan Nussbaum-consulting-director
Dan Nussbaum
Consulting Director
Professional Profile

Skill-Based Expertise:
Leadership development and coaching; succession planning; academic program planning for accreditation/re-accreditation; leadership transitions; mentoring; talent management; professional development; strategic planning, opportunity, and allocation; faith-based institutions; community engagement; organizational “time management”

Profile picture of Larry Whitworth consulting director of focusEDU.
Larry Whitworth
Consulting Director
Professional Profile

Skill-Based Expertise:
Community college executive leadership; enrollment growth strategies; governance development issues and best practices; curricular strategies and optimizations for growth at the community college level; budget management and cost containment strategies for two year institutions; retention and graduation planning strategies; Career Focus magazine as communication vehicle.

Herb Riley
Herb Riley
President
Professional Profile

Skill-Based Expertise: focusEDU administration; outreach initiatives; degree audit alignment with curriculum management; data integrity for regulatory compliance reporting; workflow technologies; LMS integrations; organization structure; staff development and training; competency-based education administration; distributed data access; dashboards; registrar best practices.

Denny DeSantis
Dennis DeSantis
Vice President
Professional Profile

Skill-Based Expertise: Analytics; best practices; electronic billing and payments; collecting delinquent tuition and loan receivables; increasing cash flow; performance management; operational and business process mapping and review; effective utilization of student information systems; staff training; managing collection agencies; customer service; financial literacy.

Nick Laudato
Nick Laudato
Vice President
Professional Profile

Skill-Based Expertise: Distance and online instructional systems development; instructional technology solutions design and implementation; strategic and tactical academic and information technology assessment and planning; best practices for student information systems and instructional technology integrations; IT integrations across functional areas of ERP’s through strategic business process mapping and gap analyses; IT staff training and development; information and communications technology accessibility.

Bruce Cunningham, consulting director, focusEDU Higher Education Consultants.
Bruce Cunningham
Sr. Consulting Director
Professional Profile

Skill-Based Expertise: Class and course scheduling,Registration and records systems, National searches, Academic calendars, NCAA certification, FERPA, Office structure and management, Data reporting, Registrar best practices, Compliance issues and monitoring, Academic policy – development and compliance, Staff mentoring and professional development, Records and registration practices for international campuses.

Glenn Munson, consulting director, focusEDU Higher Education Consultants.
Glenn Munson
Sr. Consulting Director
Professional Profile

Skill-Based Expertise: Registration systems; class scheduling; academic calendars; academic policy and compliance; degree audit; curriculum development; curriculum management; office structure and management; staff development and training; transfer credit evaluation; processes and process improvement; mentoring programs; NCAA certification; registrar best practices.

Delsie Phillips, consulting director, focusEDU Higher Education Consultants.
Delsie Phillips
Consulting Director
Professional Profile

Skill-Based Expertise: Enrollment management; recruitment strategy review; customer service; team building; staff development; admission and financial aid marketing; external relations; international recruiting; utilizing CRM and data management; promoting private colleges; interim leadership in enrollment.

Forrest Stuart
Forrest Stuart
Consulting Director
Professional Profile

Skill-Based Expertise: All areas of financial aid processing automation; coordination and improvement; admission and financial aid integration/coordination; enrollment services; financial aid office alignment with institutional mission; staff development; departmental interdependence and interaction.

Jim Blackburn consulting director of <em><strong>focusEDU</strong></em>.
Cassie Dembosky
Consulting Director
Professional Profile

Skill-Based Expertise: Student record systems design and integration; Academic policy development; Organization structures for optimized functioning; Staff mentoring and professional development; Class and course scheduling, National searches, Academic calendars, FERPA, Office structure and management, Data reporting, Registrar best practices, Compliance issues and monitoring.

Barbara Frey
Barbara Frey
Consulting Director
Professional Profile

Skill-Based Expertise: Online teaching and learning; instructional design and course development aligned with the Quality Matters rubric; Quality Matters certified Peer Reviewer; faculty development; ICT accessibility.

Richard Oravetz consulting director of <em><strong>focusEDU</strong></em>.
Richard Oravetz
Consulting Director
Professional Profile

Skill-Based Expertise: Information technology leadership, education technology services, distance education, electronic testing, lecture capture, and Learning Management Systems (LMS).

William DeWolf, consulting director, focusEDU Higher Education Consultants.
William DeWolf
Consulting Director
Professional Profile

Skill-Based Expertise: Strategic vision as it relates to the registrar’s office; registrar business practices; internal and external program reviews; student administrative services; one-stop-environments, legal issues in higher education, Banner and Degree Works implementation; public policy issues; staff mentoring and professional development; competency-based initiatives.

Joanne Nicoll
Consulting Director
Professional Profile

Skill-Based Expertise: Educational programs needs assessment, design, implementation, and evaluation in varied disciplines and delivery modes; curriculum design consultation with discipline experts to develop instructional programs; development and implementation of degree program outcomes assessment; design of instructional methods and strategies to meet learners’ needs; development of instructional manuals and program planning documents; and development of distance education courses and programs, including self-instructional materials.

Karen Acree
Karen Acree
Consulting Director
Professional Profile

Skill-Based Expertise: Instructional technology; instructional design and course development based in Quality Matters; Quality Matters certified Peer Reviewer; Learning Management System administration and training including Canvas and D2L; implement classroom technology; professional development; lead information and communication accessibility efforts; project management for information technology projects; cross functional information technology leadership.

Jim Blackburn consulting director of <em><strong>focusEDU</strong></em>.
Gary Lewicki
Consulting Director
Professional Profile

Skill-Based Expertise: Nationally acclaimed college rankings expertise; higher education research and administration; college choice; freshman year experience; retention and graduation strategies and best practices; academic program migration; student success; diversity; accreditation; legislation; high impact practices.

Lauren Oczypok consulting director of <em><strong>focusEDU</strong></em>.
Lauren Oczypok
Consulting Director
Professional Profile

Skill-Based Expertise: Instructional technology implementation and training; instructional design and course development aligned with the Quality Matters rubric; Learning Management System administration and training including Blackboard, Canvas, Desire2Learn Brightspace, and Jenzabar eLearning; corporate training systems; professional development and training; ICT - information and communication technology accessibility planning and remediation.

Meghan Solomon consulting director of <em><strong>focusEDU</strong></em>.
Meghan Solomon
Consulting Director
Professional Profile

Skill-Based Expertise: Online teaching and learning; instructional design and course building aligned with the Quality Matters rubric; faculty training and development; learning management systems.

Patti Hanson consulting director of <em><strong>focusEDU</strong></em>.
Patti Hanson
Consulting Director
Professional Profile

Skill-Based Expertise: Online teaching and learning; instructional design and course development aligned with the Quality Matters rubric; Quality Matters certified Peer Reviewer; faculty development; information and communication technology accessibility.

Scott Dittman
Scott Dittman
Consulting Director
Professional Profile

Skill-Based Expertise: Registration systems; academic policy and compliance; degree audit; curriculum development and management; staff development and training; user documentation; transfer credit evaluation; process improvement; registrar best business practices; strategic vision as it relates to the registrar’s office;

Bob Herr
Bob Herr
Consulting Director
Professional Profile

Skill-Based Expertise: Enrollment management; admissions CRM implementation and management: staff development; establishing/enhancing recruitment markets: counselor outreach programming; financial aid and scholarship leveraging strategy; marketing and communication plans; retention initiatives.