Higher Education Transformation Advisory Board

Leading colleges and universities through the many challenges facing the higher education industry is extremely complex. Edcura’s Higher Education Transformational Advisory Board provides insights and know-how developed over decades of experience navigating the rapidly shifting landscape, along with contemporary performance-based management strategies. Members of the board help guide us toward the best possible advice and solutions for our clients’ specialized needs.

Sharon Herzberger

President Emerita of Whittier College

Sharon Herzberger has had a long, varied career in higher education at three private institutions -- Northwestern University, Trinity College, and most recently, Whittier College, where she served as president for 13 years. Upon her retirement, she was appointed President Emerita. Her prior positions include Vice President for Planning and Administration, Vice President for Student Services, Associate Vice President for a capital campaign, and Special Assistant to the President for affirmative action. As a professor of psychology, her research and teaching interests focused on decision-making and social cognition. She earned her B.A. at Penn State University and her M.A. and Ph.D at the University of Illinois.

Robert J. Massa

Retired Senior Vice President for Enrollment and Institutional Planning at Drew University

With more than 40 years of experience in higher education, Bob Massa led an innovative team at Drew University focused on enrollment, retention, and admissions marketing, as well as having responsibility for financial aid, athletics, and enrollment operations. Bob has led transformative enrollment efforts as the Vice President of Communications at Lafayette College, Vice President of Enrollment at Dickinson College, and the Dean of Enrollment at Johns Hopkins University.

Eugene S. Sunshine

Retired Senior Vice President for Business and Finance at Northwestern University

Eugene Sunshine retired at the end of August 2014 as the Senior Vice President for Business and Finance at Northwestern University, the university’s chief financial and administrative officer. Before joining Northwestern in 1997, he was Senior Vice President for Administration at The Johns Hopkins University. Prior to Johns Hopkins, Sunshine held positions as New York State Deputy Commissioner for Tax Policy and New York State Treasurer, as well as Director of Energy Conservation for the New York State Energy Office. He currently is a member of the boards of directors of Chicago Board Options Exchange, Arch Capital Group, and Kaufman Hall and Associates. Sunshine is a former member of the boards of Bloomberg L.P., National Mentors Holdings, and Nuveen Investments. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

Edward (Ned) Smith

Associate Professor of Management & Organizations - Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management

Ned Smith is an award-winning teacher and researcher, and he is a globally recognized expert in the areas of strategy, organizational design, and social network analysis. His research has been published in a wide variety of academic journals and is frequently profiled in national and international media outlets. In addition to his teaching and research, Ned works with organizations around the globe advising them on issues related to leadership, strategy, human capital management, and data science. Prior to joining Kellogg, Ned was on the faculty at the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business. He received his Ph.D. in sociology and economics from the University of Chicago and his Bachelor of Arts from Yale University.