Founders Albert B. Blixt and Laurence N. Smith lead the NCD team of talented consultants each of whom brings a needed expertise to the institutions we serve. NCD consultants are experts 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. Teams are organized around the needs of the client.

Albert B. Blixt
Albert B. BlixtFounder and Managing Partner
Al Blixt has more than 25 years’ experience designing and implementing rapid strategic change in complex organizations. Mr. Blixt is a developer of the Whole-Scale ® Change methodology. His areas of expertise include strategic planning, work process and organizational redesign, leadership coaching, team development, training and the facilitation of whole system change. He is the author of four books including being co-lead author of Leading Innovation and Change: A Guide for Chief Student Affairs Officers on Shaping the Future (NASPA 2015).
Laurence N. Smith
Laurence N. SmithFounder and Senior Partner
Laurence N. Smith has been a champion of innovation and change in higher education for more than 40 years as a senior university administrator and as a national leader in the field. He is emeritus Vice President for University Marketing and Student Affairs at Eastern Michigan University and holds an honorary doctorate from that institution. The author of many books, Larry has served on the national faculties of College Board, ACT and Noel/Levitz.
David Leibsohn
David LeibsohnSenior Director, Strategy & Analytics
David Leibsohn is an expert in survey research design and analysis to drive organizational change. His expertise spans multiple methodologies to make meaning from large data sets. Before joining NCD, David served on faculty in the Department of Management at California State University, Fullerton and Loyola Marymount University where he taught strategy and international business to Executives, MBAs and undergraduates.
Mary Eggers
Mary EggersAssociate / Consultant
Mary Eggers has more than 25 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. She practices the principle that people 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.
Beverly Seiford
Beverly SeifordAssociate / 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. She has extensive experience facilitating groups of 6 to 600 to tap their wisdom and gain alignment on solutions to their convening issues.
Julie Smith
Julie SmithAssociate / Consultant
Julie Smith consults on how to effectively use new media to inform and engage the campus community, parents, families, and other key stakeholders. 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.