Higher Education Is Our Business

The AASCU-Penson Center for Professional Development (AASCU-Penson Center) is dedicated to advancing U.S. higher education. As former presidents and chancellors of public colleges and universities, our associates have experienced first-hand the day-to-day challenges—and opportunities—you face as leaders of public and private institutions. Our consultants have high standards for performance and accountability, and your priorities come first. We will listen closely to your needs and concerns to deliver a personalized approach to strengthen your institution for the future.

AASCU’s member colleges, universities and systems share a learning- and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development.


We are the only higher education consulting firm that focuses on advancing institutions by strengthening the presidency. AASCU-Penson associates are former presidents or chancellors who have been highly effective in their roles as leaders of state colleges and universities. Our proven success ensures that we can provide optimal expertise in a number of consultation areas to help your institution thrive.


A Reputation You Can Trust

Experience, excellence and integrity. These are the values that drive AASCU-Penson Center’s associates. We come from rich and diverse backgrounds in higher education, giving us the unique ability to develop creative approaches to advance your institution. We have proven track records of success in our own careers and are actively engaged in research in the field of higher education. We are committed to providing the highest level of professional development services to your institution’s top leaders.