Sheila J. Curran is CEO and Chief Strategy Consultant of the Curran Consulting Group (CCG). Sheila works with colleges and universities nationally and internationally to increase organizational and financial effectiveness, and enhance the value of a college education. Partnering with clients to improve the student experience and career outcomes, Sheila helps institutions reduce administrative costs, and invest in initiatives with broad institutional impact. Sheila uses a unique “College Value” model to identify institutional strengths and weaknesses, allowing colleges to benchmark outcomes with peer and aspirant schools, and develop sustainable, mission-sensitive, business models.
Educated in England, Sheila has held senior positions in academia for over 25 years, 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 a member of the 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 strategic goals as effectively as possible is informed by her earlier educational and professional background. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees are in Russian Studies and Education respectively, and 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.