Curriculum Vitae


Doctorate of Philosophy – Management & Organization
Capella University, Minneapolis, MN

Master of Science – Adult Education
University of Southern Maine, Gorham, Maine

Bachelor of Science – English
University of Southern Maine, Gorham, Maine



Founder & Lead Consultant –collegematters,
Hebron, ME
April 2005 – Present
Executive Coach to higher education clients including President, Online Education Group, Career Education Corporation; President, AcademicMaps and others.

President/CEO – McIntosh College, Dover, NH
April 2003 – April 2005

  • Served as Chief Executive Officer for this 1,400 student, regionally accredited, multi-campus, associate degree granting institution.  Over a two-year period
  • (FYE 02- FYE 04), achieved the following financial accomplishments:

– Led the institution to a 12% EBITA margin improvement
– Improved student retention 8.57%
– Decreased bad debt from 4.4% to 2.8%
– Reduced Days Sales Outstanding from 42 to 16
– Achieved first-ever 100% cash collection in the first month of a quarter

  • Established President’s Mentoring program for the Presidents of campus student organizations
  • Obtained blanket Associate Degree approval in 2003 and rolled out three new degree programs in 2003/2004    (Professional Photography, Medical Lab Technician, and    Fashion Merchandising) and a concentration in Crime Scene Investigation for the Criminal Justice program, and revitalized the Associate degree in Accounting
  • Designed and managed the renovation of 18,000 square foot building to provide Massage Therapy Clinic, administrative offices, Medical Lab and classrooms
  • Led the institution through a successful 5th year New England Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation visit (October 2003)
  • Acquired State of Maine approval for in-state recruiting    (April 2004) to expand market for the institution
  • Began process for Bachelor Degree granting authority to State of New Hampshire Postsecondary Education Commission (November 2004)
  • Restructured the organization to provide a broad base of management expertise through an executive team
  • Revised By-laws for the Board of Directors, and expanded board membership to increase community representation
  • Led local technology initiatives to provide student and faculty portals and on-line enrollment and financial aid processing and an institutional Intranet

President/CEO –
Andover College, Portland ME
January 2000 – April 2003

  • Institutionalized service learning to enhance community service initiative
  • Developed short-term training and cohort programs in nurse assisting, medical transcription, and tour guiding
  • Improved marketing and recruiting cycle increasing annual lead conversions by 4% and reducing related expenses for collateral
  • Improved financial performance of the college in net income and cash flow through strategic enrollment, staffing, and cost-cutting initiatives
  • Managed 520+ student, regionally accredited campus with approximately 60 full- and part-time staff and faculty
  • Successfully navigated institution through ownership transition
  • Developed technical training partnership with V-TEC  increasing institutional capacity to offer industry certification programs and upgrade technical program without capital expense and initiated strategic partnership for student placement with nationally recognized staffing company    (Manpower Staffing)

Academic Dean – Mid-State College, Auburn, ME
November 1994 – January 2000

  • Managed campus of 430+ students
  • Developed, received accreditation approval, and brought to    market four new associate degrees and two (one-year)    certificate programs in four years
  • Developed and implemented curriculum, accreditation and    financial aid policies and procedures
  • Developed and updated curriculum for Computer Support    Specialist degree (the college’s fastest growing degree    program and the first Microsoft Authorized Academic    Training Program (AATP) in the State of Maine)
  • Developed a Microsoft Authorized Testing Center for MCP    and MOUS certification exams
  • Negotiated with the Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of    Apprenticeship training to garner the first apprenticeship    agreement with a proprietary college
  • Negotiated 2+2 transfer credit agreements with Husson,    Thomas, and UMA
  • Led an enrollment increase of 20% over prior year



Mid-State College, Auburn/Augusta, Maine          1988 to 1994
College English, Written Communication, Introduction to      Computers, Microsoft Word, Medical Ethics, Speech

Instructor, Adult Education Program           1988 to 1992
Auburn Adult Education Program, Auburn, Maine
Medical Transcription, English, Speed Cleaning, Time      Management



National Association of Insurance Women Annual Meeting
September 2006
The Extraordinary Wonder of Obstacles
Career College Association Annual Conference
July 2006
Coaching as a Student Services Model

National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors             February 2006
Balancing Work/Life Issues
New England College Council Leadership Academy
June 2005
Negotiating Skills Workshop

Life Matters                                        April 2005 to Present
Performance Coaching Skills
Neurolinguistic Communication Profile
Lead Like Jesus
Corporate and Community Services
Central Maine Community College Contract Training
Supervisory Management Skills
Leadership Pickles
Stress Management
Building the Best Team



Lt. Governor, NY/NE District, Optimist International (2008)
President, Tri-Town Optimist Club (2007-2008)
Commissioner, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutes of Higher Education (January 2003 to June 2005)
Commissioner, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Technical and Career Institutes (January 2001 to June 2005)
Executive Committee Member, New England College Council 2000-June 2005
Board Chair, Oxford Hills Christian Academy, 2000-2003
Vice-President, Tri Town Optimist Club, Mechanic Falls, ME

American Association of Christian Counselors

American Counseling Association

National Career Development Association

American College Counseling Association

Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce

Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce

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