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Consulting and Capacity Building

Penn AHEAD’S capacity building initiatives help senior university leaders, trustees, academic leaders, and policy makers advance their priorities and address pressing challenges. Our unique customized approach links research to practice, drawing on the expertise and deep experiences of the faculty and staff of Penn AHEAD and on an extensive network of experienced university leaders.

Our work focus on both U.S. and international higher education systems and institutions. Some areas in which we consult and advise include, but are not limited to, governance, leadership, access, quality assurance, policy, gender equity, institutional and system-level change, and university strategy.

We engage in short-term consulting efforts as well as long-term partner projects spanning a year or more. 

Examples of Recent Engagements



Cabrini University, PA

Seton Hill University, PA

The Johns Hopkins University, MD

The University of Cincinnati

Wilkes University, PA

Widener University, PA

Arcadia University, PA

Stockton University, NJ

College of Fine Arts, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

College of Education and Social Services, University of Vermont

AKEPT, Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia

Algonquin College, Canada

Ministry of Education and Science and

Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan

National Higher Education Mission and the Tata Institute for Social Sciences, India

Princess Nora University, Saudi Arabia

The HEAD Foundation, Singapore


Whether short or long-term, Penn AHEAD is committed to engaging in activities that: (1) build capacity, (2) create mutual benefit for all involved, (3) develop collaborative knowledge-driven activities, and (4) are conducted transparently and openly. 

For more information, please contact Peter Eckel, Ph.D. Senior Fellow and Director of Leadership Programs.