The NCD team is led by founders Albert B. Blixt and Laurence N. Smith and a group of experienced consultants each of whom brings a different expertise to the institutions we serve. Our consultants have a high level of expertise in a variety of specialties including assessment, survey design and administration, strategic planning, executive coaching, staff training, large group meeting facilitation, higher education process design, performance management, information management, culture change and labor-management relations.
Albert B. Blixt – Founder and Managing Partner
Al Blixt is a founder and Managing Partner of New Campus Dynamics. He is an expert on designing and implementing rapid strategic change in complex organizations. Mr. Blixt is a developer of the Whole-Scale™ Change methodology. He has worked with Fortune 500 firms, state and federal agencies, nonprofits and with many organizations in secondary and higher education. His clients have included Fortune 100 companies, federal agencies and a number of colleges and universities. Mr. Blixt’s areas of expertise include strategic planning, leadership coaching, team development, training and the facilitation of whole system change.
Mr. Blixt is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and previously served as a professor in the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University. Later he was an owner and principal in an award-winning advertising and marketing firm. He has designed and presented many workshops and seminars on organizational change over the past 15 years. He is the co-author of Whole-Scale Change – Unleashing the Magic in Organizations, The Whole-Scale Toolkit and Navigating in a Sea of Change. He is the author of many articles and a chapter co-author of “Trust and Transformation: Integrating two Florida Educational Unions” in The Handbook of Large Group Methods. He is co-lead author of Leading Innovation and Change:” A Guide for Chief Student Affairs Officers on Shaping the Future (NASPA 2015).
Laurence N. Smith – Founder and Senior Partner
Laurence N. Smith is a founder and Senior Partner of New Campus Dynamics with 40 years experience as a senior university administrator and as a national leader in higher education. He is emeritus Vice President for University Marketing and Student Affairs at Eastern Michigan University and holds an honorary doctorate from that institution. He has been a leader in the innovation of effective enrollment management practices since the 1970’s. Among his extensive activities, he was founder and chair of the NASPA National Academy for Leadership and Executive Effectiveness and executive editor of NASPA’s on-line management magazine. He has also been on the national faculties of College Board, ACT and Noel/Levitz.
Mr. Smith has achieved national recognition as a pioneer in marketing of non-profit and service institutions and organizations as well as for his work in executive development. He was an early leader in whole system change and transformational management for mobilizing institutions, communities and organizations for revitalization and renewal. He has written numerous articles, manuals and books. He is author of the chapter “The Student Affairs Innovation Imperative” in the book, The Effective Senior Student Affairs Officer (NASPA, 2011). He is lead author of Mobilizing the Campus for Retention: An Innovative Quality of Work Life Model (ACT, 1981) and several Guides to Student Success (Harcourt 1997, 1996, and Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1989, 1987). He is co-author of the chapter “Building Support for a Campus-wide Retention Program” in Increasing Student Retention (Jossey-Bass, 1985).
David Leibsohn – Senior Director, Strategy & Analytics
David Leibsohn is Senior Director, Strategy & Analytics at New Campus Dynamics. He is an expert in survey research design and analysis and in applying sound research design and data analysis to drive organizational change. His expertise spans multiple methodologies to rigorously analyze large data sets. He is a member of the Department of Management at Loyola Marymount University where he teaches strategy and international business to MBAs and undergraduates.
Prior to pursing an academic orientation, David worked for more than 15 years as an international management consultant with Touche Ross, The Mac Group, Gemini Consulting, and CFT Consulting, assisting major international corporations in setting strategic direction and objectives, implementing major change initiatives (i.e. corporate mergers and restructuring), developing performance tracking and measurement systems, and facilitating changes in organizational culture. David Leibsohn holds a BA in Economics from Northwestern University, an MBA in Strategy and International Business from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in International Business and Strategy from the University of Michigan.
Courtney McAnuff – Associate/Consultant
Courtney McAnuff is Vice President for Enrollment Management at Rutgers University and a special consultant to New Campus Dynamics on issues relating to enrollment management. At Rutgers, he oversees Undergraduate Admissions, Student Financial Aid, Academic Records, Registration, Retention Programs, and Early Awareness Outreach. V.P. McAnuff brings Rutgers outstanding leadership, innovative thinking, and new programs such as Rutgers Future Scholars. His work to ensure Rutgers is a diverse institution and leader in quality education have been widely recognized.
Courtney serves as a consultant and provides service activities to numerous prestigious Board of Directors, Advisory Boards, Universities and Colleges, also testifying before the US House of Representatives and the New Jersey Senate. He has received numerous awards including the Chancellor’s Award for Most Outstanding Administrator-State University of New York System; Administrator of the Year by Student Government at Eastern Michigan University, Gold Medallion Award-Eastern Michigan University, twice Administrator of the Year and many other distinguished awards.
Mary Eggers – Associate / Consultant
Mary Eggers has more than 20 years experience in organizational change management specializing in process redesign and culture change. She is passionate about helping leaders tap the resources in their organizations to solve the challenges they face. At its simplest this means getting everyone in the organization involved. What she knows about people is that they support what they help to create. She has been doing this work since the mid-80s and has had success nationally and internationally in higher education, healthcare, non-profits and government agencies. She is one of the developers of the Whole-Scale™ Change methodology.
Mary has spoken nationally on successfully bringing about sustainable change in organizations and is the co-author of: Whole-Scale Change: Unleashing the Magic in Organizations, Whole-Scale Change Toolkit, Berrett-Koehler Publishing, Inc., a chapter in The Handbook of Large Group Facilitation and many articles on systems change in organizations. She has a Masters degree in Organizational Development from the American University/NTL program. She resides in Washington, D.C.
Stephen J. Gill – Associate / Consultant
Stephen J. Gill is an organizational learning consultant, blogger, book author, and community college trustee. He is a recognized expert in the field of training and performance management. Steve conducts organizational analyses, evaluates programs and services, and assesses the impact of employee performance improvement interventions. He taught in the College of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1976 to 1977 and then was Assistant Professor in the School of Education at The University of Michigan from 1977 to 1984. He joined Formative Evaluation Research Associates (FERA) consulting group in Ann Arbor in 1984. In this role, Mr. Gill conducted many needs analysis and evaluation studies for industry, education, social service, foundation, government, health care, and professional association clients. He has worked as an author, speaker and consultant since 1994.
Gill earned a B.A. degree (1969) in psychology from the University of Minnesota. He earned both a M.A. degree (1974) in counselor education and a Ph.D. degree (1976) in counseling psychology from Northwestern University. Steve has written over 50 articles and book chapters and developed manuals and handbooks on needs analysis, program evaluation, and human resource development. Stephen Gill is an elected trustee of Washtenaw Community College (Ann Arbor, Michigan) now serving his second term that expires in 2016. In that capacity he has first hand knowledge and experience with the challenges of supporting student success in the community college setting.
Donald Loppnow – Associate / Consultant
Donald Loppnow has extensive experience in higher education and provides strategic planning, executive coaching and technical counsel to NCD clients. He served for nearly a decade as a professor and 29 years in various administrative leadership roles at Eastern Michigan University. He has held positions as an Academic Department Head, Director of Research Development, Associate Vice President for Extended Programs, Assistant to the President for Strategic Planning, Senior Executive for Strategic Planning and Continuous Improvement, Provost and Executive Vice President, Vice President for Advancement and Executive Director of the EMU Foundation, and Interim President of the University. He is currently a Professor in the School of Social Work.
Dr. Loppnow received his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Michigan, his Masters of Social Work degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and his baccalaureate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has had a long-standing interest in student persistence and improvement of graduation rates, which began with his doctoral dissertation on these issues. Prior to pursuing a career in higher education, he had social work practice and administrative leadership experience in human service agencies in Missouri, New York and Wisconsin.
Beverly Seiford – Associate / Consultant
Beverly Seiford has over 30 years of professional experience in strategy development, coaching and large group interventions. She has facilitated a variety of change initiatives and conducted numerous workshops on strategic planning, process redesign, team building and conflict resolution, leadership development and alignment, coaching, and performance management. The focus of her work is helping organizations and institutions unlock their potential to mobilize themselves in new ways to solve their problems and measure their success. She has extensive experience facilitating groups of 6 to 600 to tap their wisdom and gain alignment on solutions to their convening issues. She has facilitated numerous strategic planning projects in higher education at the University of Michigan, the University of Massachusetts, Bowling Green State University, and Washtenaw Community College and has worked with several local and state departments of education.
Seiford has a Masters degree in Education and an Advanced Graduate Studies Certificate in Foundations of Management from the University of Massachusetts. She also holds a Bachelors degree from Central Connecticut State University. In addition, she is a certified administrator and trainer for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).
Julie Smith – Associate / Consultant
Julie Smith consults on how to effectively use new media to inform and engage the campus community, parents, families, and other key stakeholders. She has been a part of the NCD team from its founding. Ms. Smith has extensive professional experience leading companies and organizations through the strategy and execution of digital media strategies including website design, use of social media and blogging to reach out to key audiences. Her experience includes leading the core product team at Avvo.com a referral site for legal services. Before joining Avvo, Julie Smith directed the Online Consumer Products and Content teams at SuperMedia and led the Websearch product team at Infospace. She works with leaders and internal technology professionals to design and implement sustainable and effective social media programs.
Julie has consulted both internally and externally in the online and technology sectors ranging from strategy consulting at IBM to key marketing, six sigma, and client services at GE Capital and various start ups. She received her BA in Mathematical Economics from University of Michigan and her MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.