Managing Transitions and Strategic Initiatives
for Independent Colleges and Universities
PTM's mission is to provide the most creative, results-oriented, and cost-effective advice in strategic planning, enrollment management, retention, fundraising, executive evaluation and compensation, and executive searches.
P T M — Proactive Transition Management was founded in 2007 by Peter T. Mitchell, retired president of Albion College to provide specialized consulting for independent colleges and universities. After a distinguished career including 24 years as a college president at three colleges in three different regions of the country, Dr. Mitchell applies his academic study in the diffusion and adoption of planned change and his experience in strategic planning and leadership to assist colleges and universities in managing transitions, shaping change, and selecting and assessing executives -- Aligning Expertise with Ethos.
The PTM Managing Transitions Model
Whether the focus is strategic planning, retention, managing change, or executive searches for colleges and universities, PTM models begin with an assessment of planning documents, financials, fundraising reports, enrollment data and conducting focus group interviews with key stakeholders to evaluate current strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. In the case of executive searches, the assessment includes the challenges facing the new president, vice president or dean.
The assessment will be followed up by additional focus group interviews to identify opportunities for strategic initiatives , to envision alternate scenarios for the college/ university as a whole or for a specific project, or in the case of an executive search the desired skills and leadership style that aligns with the culture or ethos of the institution. PTM will submit a comprehensive review of the assessment data plus synthesizing the envisioning scenarios into strategic directions for the organization.
After completing the assessment and strategic scenarios, PTM develops an implementation plan that spells out specific tasks, individuals responsible, timetable, and annual benchmark measures. In the case of executive searches, PTM shepherds the search process, develops compelling ads, identifies and cultivates the interest of strong candidates, conducts all reference checks, coordinates interview sessions, and develops strategies for frequent updates to the campus community. PTM is particularly sensitive to embody the core values and ethos of the college or university in managing change and hiring executives.
Organizations have dynamic and interactive qualities which make it essential that responses to internal or external changes are rooted in their core values and corporate culture. The PTM Models integrate what some systems theory scholars term “autopoiesis.” Autopoiesis is the characteristic of living systems and organizations to adapt to a constantly changing environment by continuously renewing themselves and regulating this process so that the integrity of their structure is maintained. The result is transformational and enduring change.