Leadership Coaching for Higher Education

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I have a passion for working with leaders in higher education to help them succeed. I grew up in a “family of preachers and teachers” where education and service were a way of life. Through first-hand experience I have seen what it takes to help educators and institutions achieve success.

Academia is a unique environment where educators frequently move into higher levels of administrative responsibility with little or no training in leadership or management. The consequence is a frustration for the individual, and a failure of the institution to achieve its goals and potential.

My unique background and 35 years of professional experience in non-profits, higher education, corporations, and as a certified professional coach allows me step in with individuals and organizations to help them overcome the things holding them back and to help them achieve success personally and professionally.

I am a social scientist at heart! I love understanding human behavior and why people do what they do, what’s working (or not working), and what can be done to impact behavior that brings about desired outcomes. I have developed and applied this expertise in environments as diverse as group homes for youth, elementary school classrooms, corporate boardrooms, and the halls of academia.

Through working with me as their coach, the leader clarifies what they want, sets goals, overcomes fears and shortcomings, and is held accountable to enact change so they find success. I am both their champion and challenger; An independent third party providing something they rarely find elsewhere in their life.

Coaching for Academics

Tim founded Ressmeyer Partners in 2013, and since then has coached hundreds of professionals in individual and group programs. A background that includes the academic, corporate and non-profit professional experience positions him well to work with the unique needs of leaders in academia looking to be happier, more successful, and more fulfilled.

Tim has been hired by individuals knowing that an investment in coaching will help them move forward. Costs are covered by professional development funds provided by the institution, monies available through existing grants, or out of their own pocket. Senior leaders (Presidents, Provosts, Deans) who see the value of coaching and leadership development for themselves and those for whom they are responsible will allocate money from their budgets.

Coaching programs are customized for the individual or team and can include 1:1 coaching, group coaching of leaders, and workshops for larger groups such as academic or administrative departments. Goals are established for the individual or groups, and there are regular check-in points with stakeholders to make sure the program is on track.

More About Leadership Coaching for Higher Education

Select an option below to learn more about Tim's academic & corporate experience.

Academic Experience
Corporate Experience

Success Stories

Leading During a Crisis
Provost Sets Up For Success in New Appointment
Administrative Leadership Team Redevelops to Work with Greater Impact
Dean Provides Coach to Help New Department Chair Succeed
Chair Learns to Deal with Conflict Within Department
Conflict Across Three Units Alleviated Through Working Together on Common Values

“Executive coaching from Tim Ressmeyer has been valuable in building skills in individual faculty and staff leaders; building better work environments within office teams; fostering collaboration across academic colleges; and moving through challenging times within academic departments. Working with Tim Ressmeyer has demonstrated to me that building a strong workplace culture means as much to our institutions as the academic talents of its individual members.”

- Sacha E. Kopp, Ph.D., Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Nebraska at Omaha
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