About Us

Allison M. Fitzpatrick, EdD, MBA

Owner and Principal Consultant

Dr. Allison Fitzpatrick is a higher education consultant and has worked in the field of education for over 20 years.  She is an expert in strategic planning, operational redesign, and leadership development.  She is passionate about teaching educational and business leaders the tools they need to improve their organizations through change. 

Her career in higher education began while she was still a student at Temple University, serving as a campus tour guide to share her experiences with prospective students and families.  After embarking on her professional career, she worked at several four-year universities as an admission counselor and then as a leader overseeing admissions operations and international admissions.  

In 2007, she made the transition to the community college sector as the director of a community college location.  During her time at that institution, she oversaw the opening of two new locations, and grew enrollment exponentially. She implemented strategic planning and structure redesign of all the college’s regional locations during her tenure as Dean.  From 2020 to 2022, she served as Vice President of a full service community college branch campus.  During that time, Dr. Fitzpatrick led the campus through great change, creating and implementing a collaborative planning process. As a result, the campus created its first ever strategic plan, guiding them for the next three years.

Allison resides in Dunedin, FL with her husband, Eric and son, Rhys.  She is a lover of the outdoors and enjoys the beach, kayaking, and paddleboarding.  She’s also an avid creator and spends her free time quilting, crocheting, and paper crafting.

Credentials and Certifications

Ed.D., Ferris State University, Community College Leadership

M.B.A., Rutgers University, Management & Business Strategy/Supply Chain Management

Graduate Certificate, University of Wisconsin, Business Management 

B.A., Temple University, Anthropology/Human Biology

Masterclass in Cultural Intelligence (CQ), Cultural Intelligence Center

Certificate, Green Supply Chain and Procurement, Rutgers University

Certificate, Leaders Institute, American Associate of Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC)


Fitzpatrick, A.M. (2023). Branching Out: A Branch Campus Strategic Planning Toolkit. Caladesi Strategies, LLC.

Fitzpatrick, A.M. (2023). Strategic planning at the community college branch campus: A toolkit for branch campus leaders [Unpublished doctoral dissertation]. Ferris State University.

Fitzpatrick, A. M. (2020). Emerging leader perspectives: Expanding the pipeline for women and leaders of color. Perspectives: Community College Leadership in the 21st Century, March. 

Conference Presentations

Is a Strategic Plan Right for Your Campus?: Determining Feasibility and Garnering Institutional Support, Regional Branch Campus Administrators (RBCA), 2023

Recruiting Allies to Address Student Basic Needs, American Association of Community Colleges, 2020 (conference canceled)

You as a Leader, NABCA Branch Campus Leadership Institute, 2018 & 2020

Implementing Effective Leadership, NABCA, 2018

Transformational Leadership at the Branch Campus, NABCA, 2017

NABCA SWOT Analysis and Strategic Planning Poster Session, NABCA, 2016

Creating an Emergency Management Plan for Your Campus, NABCA, 2012

Engaging Non-traditional Students through Social Media Connections, NABCA, 2010

New Jersey Coastal Communiversity: Innovation to Integration, NABCA, 2009