Our Team

Ed Rowe

Consultant & Operations Manager for Leadership Strategies

Photo of Ed Rowe

Ed Rowe (he/him/his) spent a more than a decade working within colleges and universities, counseling institutional leaders. In the process, he discovered that open and transparent communication with campus constituents is the most important factor when you’re trying to build trust and achieve strategy goals. That’s a principle that guides him today as a leadership strategies consultant working with presidents, chancellors, senior administrators, and boards.   

An Expert in Higher Education Strategic Planning

Our clients benefit tremendously from the expertise in strategic planning, crisis management, and board governance Ed gained while serving institutions small and large. As chief of staff at Swarthmore College, he helped the president navigate a range of policy and communications challenges and worked with the board on long-term strategic priorities. As the director of projects and planning at the University of Denver, he coordinated an enterprise-wide strategic planning process that engaged more than 4,000 constituents. In his role with Credo, Ed provides structure and helps lead facilitations that activate our clients and contribute to their overall project goals. 

“I gained so many skills as a chief of staff, and with Credo I have an opportunity to apply my lessons learned at a broad range of institutions.”

A Talent for Solving Puzzles—In and Outside of Work  

A gifted listener, Ed can identify patterns in what others consider chaos, and he’s unafraid to peel back the proverbial layers of tough conversations. His commitment to tackling hard things head-on extends to his personal life, including that time he nearly lost a game of chess to his six-year-old nephew.  

More About Ed

  • Client & Project Portfolio
    • Board Development | Ohio Foundation for Independent Colleges
    • Board Development | Roger Williams University
    • Strategic Planning | MidAmerica Nazarene University
    • Strategic Planning | University of California-San Francisco
    • Strategic Planning | Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine
    • Strategic Planning | Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
    • Strategic Planning | Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas 
  • Education & Certifications
    • B.S., English, Pennsylvania State University
    • M.S., Management, University of Denver  
  • Previous Roles
    • Chief of Staff and Secretary of the College, Swarthmore College
    • Director for Projects and Planning, Office of the Chancellor, University of Denver
    • Special Assistant to the President, Swarthmore College 
  • StrengthsFinders

    StrengthsFinder Profile

    • Empathy
    • Responsibility
    • Developer
    • Individualization
    • Communication