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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



Arcadia University, PA

Broward College

Cabrini University, PA

College of Education and Social Services, University of Vermont

College of Fine Arts, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Denver Community College 

Johns Hopkins University, MD

Portland State University

Seton Hill University, PA

Stockton University, NJ

University of Cincinnati

University of Scranton

Whittier College 

Widener University, PA

Wilkes University, PA

AKEPT, Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia

Algonquin College and the University of British Columbia, 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

University of Fallujah, Iraq


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.