Colleges and universities have had the same business model for centuries and it is no longer sustainable.

Costs are rising and funding sources are eroding. Institutions are burdened by the costs of large facilities, a highly labor-intensive model and a complex regulatory environment. 

While virtually every other institution in our society has changed, higher education remains mired in the ways of past. The path to the future begins with presidents and boards that are willing to explore business model innovations that open new revenue streams and offer new products.
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About Robert

  • Former College president and university chancellor with more than 30 years experience in public and private education.
  • Specializes in strategic turnaround for "fragile" private, non-profit institutions of higher education, consulting with small- to mid-size private institutions of higher education facing threats to their viability.
  • Also consults in areas of online educational readiness, presidential performance assessment, institutional vitality assessment and turnaround planning, and board effectiveness. 
  • Higher education experience includes more than 13 years as institutional president, chancellor, and chief operating officer. These include stints at large public and private universities with worldwide reach as well as small local colleges struggling to survive.


Vice President for Policy, Planning and Administration • Gonzaga University
2016 — Present
  • Responsible for institutional planning, policy development/compliance, and operational oversight for Information Technology, Human Resources, Auxiliary Services, Plant, Sustainability, Mail/Print Services.
Consultant • Casagrande Consulting, LLC
May, 2011 — Present
  • Specializes in the higher education sector, assisting presidents and boards in assessing and understanding the vitalities and vulnerabilities of their institutions, and turning that knowledge into useful strategic frameworks for action.
Founder and President • Robert E. Myers Educational Consulting LLC
Aug, 2014 — Present
  • Focuses singularly on strategic transformation and turnaround for small, fragile, non-profit institutions of higher education.
  • Provides highly-targeted services to a broad array of small- to mid-size non-profit academic institutions under the umbrella of Casagrande Consulting LLC.
Interim President • New England Culinary Institute
Jan, 2010 — Apr, 2010
  • Transition leadership: Assisted founder and owner in positioning the for-profit institute for conversion to non-profit, regionally accredited status.
President • Daniel Webster College - Nashua, N.H.
Jul, 2005 — Aug, 2009
  • Chief executive officer of 4-year independent college specializing in the fields of aviation, computer science, management, engineering, and social science.
  • Engineered with his board a four-year process to ensure the survival of the small, struggling college.
Chancellor • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Aug, 2002 — Jun, 2005
  • Led efforts to improve academic quality, enhance revenues, and expand the campus’s worldwide market footprint.
Executive Vice President and COO • University of Maryland University College
Aug, 1999 — Jun, 2002
  • Chief operating officer of the world's largest public university dedicated to the working adult professional.
  • Served as the "turnaround" interim president, 1998-99, as UMUC transitioned in a new strategic direction and grew exponentially worldwide.
Interim President • University of Maryland University College
Aug, 1998 — Aug, 1999
  • Organizational transition planning and leadership.
Chief of Staff • University System of Maryland
Jun, 1995 — Aug, 1998
  • Coordinated legal and policy efforts to commercialize products and services emanating from the Institute of Human Virology and its scientists, including Dr. Robert Gallo, co-discoverer of the HIV virus.
  • Coordinated legal and policy efforts associated with the planned merger of University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and Sylvan Learning Systems.
Cadet 4/C • United States Coast Guard
1969 — 1970
United States Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT


University of Maryland
PhD, Higher Education Policy, Planning and Leadership, 1997


Maintaining the Public Trust: Effective Multi-campus System Governing Boards.
University of Maryland
MA, Communication and Organizational Development, 1985


Communication Behaviors of Agricultural Stakeholders on Pollution of the Chesapeake Bay
University of Maryland
B.S., Journalism, 1976

Licenses & Certifications

Private Pilot (FFA)
Personal Fitness Trainer (AFFA)
Nutrition Coach (Venice Nutrition)


  • Robert Gale Fellowship, Trusteeship (Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, 1995)


  • New Hampshire College and University Council (NHCUC)
  • New Hampshire Postsecondary Education Commission (NHPEC)
  • New Hampshire Small Business Development Council Advisory Board (NHSBDC)
  • Academy for Science and Design Charter School Board (Nashua, NH)
  • Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce Board
  • Daniel Webster College Board of Trustees


  • American Council on Education (ACE), Distance Learning Council (2000-2005)


  • Member, Registry of College and University Presidents
  • Visiting professor, Hellenic American University, 2012-13 
  • Guest Lecturer, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide, 2002-2005
  • Instructor, University of Maryland University College, 1985-1990


  • "Communication Behaviors of Agricultural Stakeholders on Pollution of the Chesapeake Bay" (1985).
  • "Maintaining the Public Trust: Effective Governing Boards of Public Multi-Campus University Systems" (1996).

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