Who We Are

HigherEdImpact is a non-profit network providing counsel and consulting to colleges and universities seeking to improve their effectiveness and impact, as well as to national or regional leaders seeking to develop new liberal arts-based institutions.

Dr. Richard A. Detweiler (Rick) is the founder and managing director of HigherEdImpact. He works directly with institutions inside and outside the United States and engages a network of experienced higher education professionals, as needed, to bring appropriate expertise to each institutional project.


Dr. Detweiler is a social psychologist specializing in intercultural relations, and earned his MA and PhD from Princeton University.  With years of experience as a college president, professor, and consultant, he also holds an appointment as  foundation fellow at Oxford University’s Harris Manchester College and is President Emeritus of New York's Hartwick College and of the Great Lakes Colleges Association. Previously he was a distinguished fellow at the Council on Library and Information Resources in Washington, DC, and professor of psychology at two different liberal arts universities.


He is the founder of the Global Liberal Arts Alliance (a coalition of 30 universities from 16 countries that works to strengthen learning in the tradition of the liberal arts and sciences) and recently completed a nearly 14 year presidency of the Great Lakes Colleges Association (a consortium of selective liberal arts colleges and universities). Professionally he has been an active researcher, consultant, and author in higher education, technology initiatives in higher education, institutional planning and research, intercultural relations, international education, and psychology.  He has published dozens of articles related to higher education, psychology, and intercultural relations, and speaks frequently on issues related to the future of higher education, the role of technology in education, and the values of the liberal arts and sciences. He was a founding dean of the Frye Leadership Institute, the recipient of a Carnegie Mellon University/AMS Award for leadership in the innovative use of computer and communications technology, and has served as a board member of many higher education organizations.


His forthcoming book reporting on the character and methods of liberal arts education and research on its impact will be available in 2019.