About Sheila Curran

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Sheila J Curran, Senior Partner & Chief Strategy Consultant

Sheila J. Curran is CEO and Chief Strategy Consultant of the Curran Consulting Group. She works personally with all clients and is your primary contact on any assignment. When appropriate, she engages other subject matter experts to assist with a project.

Sheila is passionate about increasing the value of a college education to students and graduates, while preserving the academic integrity of colleges and universities. Drawing on her significant experience in organizational development and in-depth understanding of how higher education works, Sheila partners with clients to design solutions that improve the student experience and career outcomes, capitalizing on functional synergies to reduce administrative costs, while recommending investment in initiatives that have broad institutional value.

Educated in England, Sheila has held managerial and director-level positions for over 25 years in the U.S., including at The University of Michigan, Gallaudet University, Brown University and Duke University. During her time in academia, and since starting the Curran Consulting Group, Sheila has conducted strategic opportunity assessments in a broad array of areas, including: Alumni Relations, Development and Corporate Relations; Human Resources; Academic Departments; International Affairs; and, Career Services. She was on the accreditation self-study team for Duke University and member of team that spearheaded the highly successful Duke Engage initiative. Sheila’s ability to propose broad, culturally sensitive solutions, while also minimizing the challenges of implementation for the client, sets her apart from other consultants.

Sheila is a Career Services SME (subject matter expert), having directed career centers at both Brown University at Duke University, and consulted with over a dozen institutions on career transformation. A frequent presenter and writer on career trends and the strategic institutional value of career initiatives, Sheila is co-author of Smart Moves for Liberal Arts Grads: Finding a Path to Your Perfect Career, Ten Speed Press, 2006.

Sheila’s ability to help higher education institutions achieve their goals as effectively as possible is informed by her earlier educational and professional background. While her undergraduate and graduate degrees are in Russian Studies and Education respectively, she holds the highest qualification in human resources, the SPHR (Senior Practitioner in Human Resources). Sheila’s experience in organizational development, along with her in-depth understanding of how colleges and universities work, provide her with a unique perspective among those who consult on strategic issues in academia.