On this episode we’ll share best practices for meaningful and sustainable organizational change and learn strategies you can implement immediately to move the needle in your organization. Blending research and real-life experience, we’ll explore questions such as: What are some common barriers and mistakes made in organizational change and planning efforts? Who is best equipped to lead organizational planning?  Where can we look to internally and externally for assistance and guidance? How can we deal with the threat of change and feelings of anxiety when faced with the unknown? How do you avoid backsliding and sabotage? How should we best communicate during change to ensure that people feel like their ideas are heard and valued?

On this episode of Student Affairs Live, host Tony Doody speaks with Loren Rullman, Timothy Davis, and Beth McCuskey to explore these questions and more.

Please contribute to the conversation by emailing questions before the show to tony@higheredlive.com or by tweeting live during the show using the #higheredlive hashtag. We’ll do our best to infuse questions from viewers (with attribution) into the live conversation.


Episode Host

Tony Doody

Tony Doody

Tony Doody has over 25 years of practical experience and oversight in senior leadership positions within the Higher Education industry in the areas of Facilities Management, New Student Orientation, Recreation, Parent and Family Programs, Leadership and Training, Marketing and Communications, Adult Learning, and Major Events and Programs. He currently serves as the Director of Student Centers at the University of Delaware. Over the last six years, Tony has presented at over thirty universities and national conferences on topics of innovation, digital leadership, technology, and unconventional leadership. He received the Diamond Honoree Award from the ACPA Foundation, the highest honor of the American College Personnel Association, recognizing transformative contributions to the field (2017) and earned NASPA's 2017 Technology Emerging Practice Award. In addition, Tony has worked over 20 years as a consultant in the areas of executive coaching, leadership development, presentation skills, risk-taking, innovation, social media, conflict resolution, and team cohesiveness. Past clients include J&J, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Vistakon, Navigant, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, United Way, Merrill Lynch, Tumi International, and Aventis Pharmaceuticals.


Loren Rullman

Dr. Loren Rullman leads the higher education consulting practice for Workshop, a strategy and design firm with offices based in Milwaukee and Ann Arbor.  He previously served 30 years as a student affairs administrator at five universities, including most recently as Associate Vice President for Student Life at the University of Michigan.  Throughout his career, Loren has been a change agent, place-maker, culture-setter, people developer, and student advocate.  He has been a presenter at 40 conferences, consulted for two dozen universities, and served on both the CAS and ACUI Board of Directors. Loren was also founding Program Coordinator and Adjunct Faculty for the graduate program in higher education at Concordia University Ann Arbor, and has authored numerous publications, including most recently a chapter on learning and community building in the 2014 New Directions in Student Services issue on “The State of the College Union.”  He holds a B.A. in Communication from Valparaiso University, M.S. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University, and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.  He has traveled extensively, lived and offered done service in Mexico and England, and is passionate about uncovering aspirations, aligning strategy, and unlocking potential in people, places, and organizations.  Connect with him on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/lorenrullman or Twitter at @ljrullman


Timothy Davis

As Executive Director for Resilience & Leadership Development at the University of Virginia, Tim provides strategic direction on UVA’s efforts to foster resilience and build leadership potential in the university community.  Tim is also the founder of an independent consulting practice (Leading Influence), which provides executive coaching to CEO’s and their leadership teams.  Tim is especially interested in helping leaders learn to extend their influence deeper into their teams and organizations.

Prior to his current role, Tim was the Director of the UVA Center for Counseling & Psychological Services.  Previously he served as Associate Director/Clinical Director at the University of Michigan Counseling & Psychological Services Department.  He held positions at the Indiana University Counseling & Psychological Services Department and the University of Dayton Counseling Center.

Tim has taught courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels on a variety of topics including team leadership, emotional resilience, group counseling, psychological assessment, psychopathology, sex therapy, counseling techniques, and advanced seminars on the use of dreams in therapy. He received the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award from the College of Education at Indiana University. He has authored and co-authored book chapters and articles on resilience-related topics including existential well-being, spirituality in counseling, dream work, group counseling, and career choice in young adulthood.

Tim earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park and his master’s in Counseling from Arizona State University.  He received his Executive Coaching Certification from Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership.  Tim completed a postgraduate program in Organizational Development at the Gestalt Institute (Columbus, OH).  Prior to his career as a clinical psychologist, Tim held a variety of marketing and research positions with The Procter & Gamble Company.  He left P&G in order to study the development of happier and healthier individuals and organizations.


Beth McCuskey

As the vice provost for student life at Purdue University, Beth McCuskey serves as the senior student affairs officer, overseeing a broad range of departments dedicated to supporting student success. In this role, she has been charged with “emphasizing the lifelong benefit of an educational experience through environments, culture, people and programs.”  In her role, she oversees 13 departments that serve Purdue’s 40,000 students—13,000 of them who live on campus.

Beth has a Bachelor’s, two Masters, and her Doctoral degree from West Virginia University.  Her dissertation, completed in 2003, was entitled:  Strategies for the Future of the University Housing Profession:  A Delphi Study.

Besides Purdue, Beth has worked at WVU, and the University of Wyoming.  She has served as a faculty member at numerous institutes and has co-authored a book and written several articles and chapters.  She has served as the Chair of the ACUHO-I Foundation Board, as the AIMHO President, and is currently the ACUHO-I President.

While she loves to travel, she is a homebody at heart—loving to decorate, collect antiques, and putter around in her garden.  She loves to power walk, stinks at running, and practices yoga.