portrait of Don Norris

Donald M. Norris

President, Strategic Initiatives, Inc.

Don has over 40 years of experience as a thought leader and expert practitioner in leading and navigating change, crafting and executing strategy, and improving performance and productivity. Following an administrative career at the University of Michigan, University of Texas and University of Houston, he founded Strategic Initiatives, Inc. and has counseled over 100 institutions on strategy and organizational transformation. He co-authored a series of highly influential books for the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) including Transforming Higher Education (1995), A Guide to Planning for Change (2009), and Transforming in an Age of Disruptive Change (2013). He also co-authored The Business Value Web (2009) for the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) and served as faculty for nearly 10 years on NACUBO’s Business Management Institute. Dr. Norris and Dr. Brodnick’s latest work is focusing on business model innovation in higher education is reflected in the ground breaking article, “New Models in the Making” in NACUBO’s The Business Officer (July/Aug 2017).