The Curran Consulting Group (CCG) provides holistic and cost-effective administrative strategies to higher education. Its aim is to achieve institutional strategic goals, aligning mission with action. Services include organizational assessment and external reviews; strategic and human resource planning; change management; cost-benefit analysis; executive coaching; action planning; and, metrics development. CCG’s senior partner and Chief Strategy Consultant is Sheila J Curran.
With over 25 years of work experience in academia, Sheila has held managerial and director-level positions 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 orchestrated organizational development efforts in a broad array of areas, such as: Alumni Relations and Development; Human Resources; Academic Departments; International Affairs; and, Career Services. She was on the accreditation self-study team for Duke University, and frequently initiated collaborative efforts with faculty, Student Affairs, Alumni Affairs, and administrative departments.
Sheila has particular expertise in the area of careers, having directed career centers at both Brown University at Duke University. A frequent presenter and writer on career trends and the strategic institutional value of career initiatives, Sheila is coauthor 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 intimate understanding of how colleges and universities work, provide her with a unique perspective among those who consult on strategic issues in academia.
Curran Consulting differs from most strategic consulting firms in its willingness to assist institutions through the change management process, providing operational support and coaching as necessary. A key strength of the company is its ability to synthesize large amounts of qualitative and quantitative data to produce recommendations that best meet institutional objectives and budgets. Sheila Curran oversees all consulting projects, contracting with additional experts in the field where necessary, to ensure optimal results.