Cynthia A. Linhart

Dr. Cynthia Linhart serves senior management and board members of colleges and universities, educational institutions, and a wide variety of nonprofit organizations in:

  • designing and facilitating strategic, operational, and capital planning processes
  • assessing board and internal governance effectiveness
  • conducting program and administrative productivity reviews
  • guiding executive searches

First serving with KPMG Peat Marwick and throughout her consulting career, Dr. Linhart has focused on providing highly personalized assistance to educational and nonprofit organizations in building commitment to change. At the centerpiece of her consulting approach, she designs processes, quantitative models, and benchmarking tools to support data-based and informed decision-making about organizational futures and issues. She also facilitates strategic discussions among management and constituent groups, often representing disparate views, to build consensus.

Prior to initiating her consulting career in 1986, she served and gained twelve years of management experience at the University of Pittsburgh. While at the University, she provided support to the President and senior staff by conducting special analytic studies and preparing documents for policy development, planning, and decision-making. Included in her work were studies related to intercollegiate athletics, including academic support services, academic progress assessment, and facilities. She also served as Executive Secretary of the Commission for Commonwealth Universities and represented The Pennsylvania State University, Temple University, and the University of Pittsburgh at the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Universities where she worked in collaboration with representatives from Pennsylvania's other higher education sectors. In addition, she represented the Commonwealth Universities at all State Board of Education meetings and worked closely with the Commissioner for Higher Education on special issues.

Dr. Linhart contributes to the educational and nonprofit communities through her presentations, training seminars, and publications. She has presented papers and published articles reflecting a wide variety of issues in education and nonprofit management, including strategic planning and finance. She assisted the Presidents Commission on Collegiate Athletics of the American Council on Education as it deliberated the impact of various national athletic governing bodies on institutional management. In addition, Dr. Linhart was a contributing author to KPMG Peat Marwick's proprietary strategic planning toolkit, The Resource Development System, and served as an instructor in strategic planning seminars for many diverse nonprofit organizations. As an adjunct faculty member, she has designed and taught graduate courses in educational planning and management and in statistics, research design, and evaluation methodology at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Linhart received a B.A. with honors in Psychology from Chatham College, and a M.A. degree in Educational Research and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Pittsburgh.




2011   InterCollegiate Athletic Consulting