L. Denton Crews and Katherine L. German are the founders of Development Institute and partners in management. They are joined by Philip A. Sbaratta, Charmian B. Sperling, and Anita S. Kaplan, as well as other associates who are affiliated with Development Instiute for specific projects.
L. Denton Crews is a trained consultant in the field of management for colleges and universities, schools, non-profit organizations, and government agencies.His immediate former position was Dean of Management and Professor in the Graduate School of Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.Prior positions were: Special Assistant to the President of North Shore Community College, Beverly, Massachusetts; Administrative Assistant to U.S. Congressman Michael J. Harrington, Washington, D.C.; Executive Director of the community action agency in Gloucester, Massachusetts; and faculty member at the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.His degrees include an earned doctorate from the University of Massachusetts, the masters’ degree from the University of Maryland, andthe baccalaureate from Lipscomb University.Dr. Crews has designed and implemented innovative and practical models of management systems for institutional planning, management, academic development, technology implementation, and other areas of higher education administration.By profession, he is a facilitator, writer, and researcher.As pastime, he engages in music appreciation, reading, cooking, and volunteer activities.
Katherine L. German has over seventeen years of experience as an educator and management consultant.Her immediate former position was Vice President for Academic Affairs at Endicott College.Previously, she held the position of Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at North Shore Community College, located in Beverly, Massachusetts, where she also served as Professor of English, Division Chairperson, and Director of the Developmental Education Center.She has also taught English at undergraduate and graduate levels.Her degrees include: Ph.D., University of Illinois; C.A.S., Harvard University; M.Ed., Bowling Green State University; and B.A., Pennsylvania State University.Dr. German has designed academic programs, competency-based assessment programs, and professional development programs; delivered countless seminars focused on developing the creative side of the manager's potential; consulted for colleges, schools, and business; and written numerous proposals for funding.
Philip A. Sbaratta has thirty years of experience in higher education as a faculty member, administrator, and consultant. In the classroom, he has taught writing, literature, and film both in class and online. As an administrator, he has held posts of department chair, division chair, and academic dean. A recent interest is the incorporation of technology in teaching, including various forms of distance learning; in fact, he continues to teach courses online. This range of experience informs his consulting practice, which includes providing assistance in 1) the development of competitive proposals for federal and foundation grants, 2) curricular and technological innovation, 3) self-study and accreditation preparation, and 4) strategic and tactical planning. He received a doctorate from Boston University, a masterís degree from Pennsylvania State University, and bachelorís degree from New Jersey City University. Dr. Sbaratta has authored over thirty-five articles, monographs, and textbook materials in developmental studies, composition, and topics in higher education.
Charmian B. Sperling has more than 40 years of experience as a teacher, department chair, dean, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Provost within community colleges. Provost Emeritus of Middlesex Community College in Bedford and Lowell, MA, she currently provides consultation in the areas of Student Outcomes Assessment; Developmental Education Best Practices, Program Planning and Assessment; and Leadership Development. Dr. Sperling earned her doctorate from University of Massachusetts, Amherst; her masters degree from Columbia University; and a bachelors degree from the State University of New York at Potsdam. Her publications explore the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Student Outcomes Assessment; and Staff, Faculty and Leadership Development. She recently authored and served as Principal Investigator for The Massachusetts Community Colleges Developmental Education Best Policy and Practice Audit (June 2009). Dr. Sperling is currently in her eighth year as faculty in the Massachusetts Community Colleges Leadership Academy (CCLA), an innovative professional development program for community college administrators and faculty with exceptional leadership potential, and serves as an on-line student success coach for students from four New England community colleges.
Anita S. Kaplan has more than thirty-five years' experience in higher education as a faculty member, administrator, speaker/presenter and consultant. Beginning as a developmental education faculty member in the Massachusetts Community College System, she served as a Department Chair, Division Dean of Liberal Arts, and Executive Director of Workforce, Economic and Community Education at North Shore Community College in Massachusetts; Vice President of Student Services at New Hampshire Community Technical College; Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs at Erie Community College in New York; and most recently President of the Miami Dade College Medical Center Campus in Miami, Florida. She received the doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Massachusetts, the masterís degree from the University of Massachusetts in Boston, and the bachelorís degree from Northeastern University in modern languages.Dr Kaplan has designed professional development programs for faculty and staff, launched Institutes for Corporate and Community Training in industrial settings, founded the New England Assessment Network (NEAN) , organized the New England Workforce Network (NEWN),and implemented diversity/ training programs in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Mozambique. Her recent interests have resulted in unique partnerships for community colleges foundations, businesses, community agencies and workforce boards in conjunction with hospitals, universities, nursing programs, medical specialty programs, and K-12 systems.
Names and vitae for other associates are available upon request.