Lisa Helmin Foss
Lisa Helmin Foss, Ph.D., MBA is an experienced higher education leader, scholar and facilitator. She currently serves as the Vice President for Planning & Engagement and Chief Strategy Officer at St. Cloud State University (MN), where she leads SCSU’s strategic planning, assessment, accreditation, analytics and institutional research, and community engagement functions. She has served as a senior advisor to multiple university presidents and chancellors and has engaged with institutions and boards in the challenging work of managing disruptive change and innovation. Most recently, she served as the Chancellor’s Fellow for Reimagining Minnesota State, an effort to identify and manage disruption through developing a system-wide capacity for strategic innovation.
She presents locally, nationally and internationally on change management, innovation, institutional effectiveness, and the successful application of data analytics in higher education systems and institutions. Her consulting and facilitation practice focuses on working with leadership teams to design and adapt change management, strategic planning, data analytics, assessment, and institutional effectiveness best practices to local institutional settings.
Her scholarly interests include bringing together the power of data, technology and communications to improve decision-making and to drive strategic and academic planning, institutional performance, continuous improvement, and student success. She also focuses on the area of innovation in higher education and how innovation can be leveraged as a competitive advantage. She teaches graduate-level coursework in planning in change in higher education and institutional effectiveness and continuous quality improvement, and she conducts national workshops on data analytics and student success.
Her academic credentials include a doctorate in Educational Policy and Administration – Higher Education from the University of Minnesota and a master in business administration and bachelors in mass communications from St. Cloud State University. She was an American Council on Education Fellow for 2015-16 and completed the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Management and Leadership in Higher Education Institute in 2011.