Are you an effective leader?
As president, you take on multiple leadership roles and are ultimately responsible for the success of your institution. Our goal is to help you enhance your effectiveness.
The strategies in this suite of services range from Strategy Days – where topics such as revenue and funding challenges, and cabinet dynamics are discussed – to Board Development and Strategic Planning.
Credo has a powerful track record in facilitating a strategic plan. We engage your community and enable you to stay focused.
Our search assistance service has successfully placed dozens of strong leaders in key openings.
Many campuses are faced with scarce resources. A careful review of efficiency and marketability of your academic programs brings needed focus and direction.
Our team of private higher education veterans delivers these services, often assisted by a deep pool of affiliates who are currently serving as vice presidents and deans. These affiliates add depth and experience to the combined insights of our team.
Do you have a strategy for success?
We believe a continuous learning strategy focused on individual strengths creates a higher level of trust and respect, and more effective leadership.
Through individual coaching sessions we work with you to develop a personal strategy for success. It reinforces your institution’s mission, vision and values; enhances leadership; and creates value for stakeholders.
Customized to your institution’s needs and led by an experienced board development consultant, this service equips board members with a better understanding of each other, best practices, strategic thinking, trends in the industry and an action plan for future progress
We have three services to create the foundation necessary to build a plan to guide the Board in the future:
- Scoping Day
- Board Retreat Facilitation and Education
- Board Development Retreat and One-Year Retainer
Do you need help with a transition?
Most small, private colleges and universities are not immune to vacancies in key administrative roles. Several of our clients have had a transition in leadership or a restructuring of a department.
By serving an interim leadership role, we ensure your major initiatives move forward without interruption. Equally important, your staff has accessibility to a point person for guidance and accountability.
Key areas may include:
- Analysis of recruitment strategies and data
- Monitoring of marketing and communication initiatives
- Policy and procedure recommendations
- Recommendations for short-term investments in resources
- Guidance with implementing innovation and change
Is your leadership team energized and empowered?
Credo partners with you to discover the strengths and weaknesses of individuals on your team. By bringing people together and communicating across institutional silos, talents and abilities surface, and your leaders are empowered. The result is a more unified and energized leadership team who implements strategic decisions that meet the mission, vision and values of your institution.
Leadership Search Assistance
Looking for the best available candidate?
Courageous leadership is one of the most important indicators for success in small, private colleges and universities today.
Like many other institutions, you may find yourself frequently needing to fill key leadership positions. However, you lack the time and resources to find the best available candidate.
Our Leadership Search Assistance service streamlines your process. We carefully prepare you or your search committee so you can quickly and easily find the right candidate. We develop a deep and personal knowledge of the people and issues at your institution allowing us to find best-fit candidates who will make an immediate impact.
Campus Internationalization ACE®
Our Campus Internationalization ACE® is a thorough review of your current policies, practices, strategies, and intercultural competencies.
To create a comprehensive plan for internationalizing your campus, our team focuses on:
- Civic engagement
- Campus readiness
- Key messaging
- Funding models
- Program distinctions
- Key partnerships
- Study abroad and internships
- Mission integration
Presidential Strategy Days
What’s on your mind?
Serving as a college or university leader is a challenging job.
We host private college and university leaders for a no-fee strategy day. Join us and discuss topics such as entitlement, state funding, cabinet dynamics, board development and strategic planning.
Joanne Soliday, Cofounder and Owner, and Tim Fuller, Vice President and Owner, are powerful resources, each with more than 25 years of private higher education experience.
We believe in helping small, private higher education thrive. Give us a day. We’ll help you identify practical solutions to top issues on your agenda.
For early 20 years, Credo has partnered with more than 200 colleges and universities. We’ve learned that understanding the role of strategic finance is critical to the health and growth of institutions.
Elevate your strategic decision-making with the confidence of our financial modeling tool customized for your institution. It integrates critical variables of enrollment, financial aid, and faculty and staff ratios. More importantly, it delivers clear direction related to your growth, debt, fundraising, and pricing strategies.
Do you have a planning culture?
The most successful colleges and universities have a planning culture. They walk through a continuous planning process, making it possible to have a shared vision for the future and the ability to move to another level of effectiveness.
Our strategic planning process is a comprehensive series of facilitated steps leading to a focused plan for your future. It involves and educates all constituencies while developing leadership and enthusiasm throughout the campus community.
A Credo senior consultant has the primary role of facilitating this process so your leaders can focus on strategic direction and not logistics.