Holiday Issue 2012

 Holiday Issue 2012

Patouillet Consulting 2.0

We invite you to visit to check out our new look and list of expanded services. We greatly appreciate the feedback received from our National Advisory Board and other professional colleagues during the development phase of this new site. We welcome your comments.  (submit feedback)

Recent Assignments and Presentations

The Integration of Alumni and Development in Fundraising and Capital Campaigns

University of Tennessee Knoxville

Contact: Scott Rabenold,

The Role of Alumni Relations as a Strategic Partner in Advancing the University and Enriching the Lives of Students and Alumni Worldwide

University of Tennessee Knoxville

Contact: Scott Rabenold,

Strategic Planning

Life University

Contact: Greg Harris,


Creating Effective Development Metrics (Professional Development Seminar for

Advancement Officers)

Pittsburgh, PA

Contact: Patouillet Consulting, LLC,

Board Development: Prospect Identification & Rating Training

Belle Terrace Health and Wellness Center

Contact: Janice Sherman,

Executive Coaching and Best Practices in Alumni Relations

Geneva College

Contact: Jeff Jones,

The Role of the Board in Resource Development (For Foundation Trustees)

Technical College System of Georgia

Contact: Judy Taylor,

Diversifying your Revenue Stream in an Era of Funding Cuts (Professional Development

Seminar for Nonprofit/Advancement Officers)

Pittsburgh, PA

Contact: Patouillet Consulting, LLC,

Executive Coaching and Best Practices in Alumni Relations


Contact: Ed Chiu,

Strategic Planning

James Madison University

Contact: Ashley Privott,

The Integration of Alumni and Development in Fundraising and Capital Campaigns

National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc.

Contact: Prince Brown,

Keys to Volunteer Engagement and Performance Management

Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta

Contact: Amy Crownover,

Strategic Planning

Oakland University

Contact: Eric Barritt,

The 5 I’s of Development

Georgia Center for Nonprofits

Contact: Cindy Cheatham,

Advancement and Nonprofit News & Views 

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Patouillet Consulting, LLC wishes you Happy Holidays and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

Charting a Bold New Course for the Georgia State University (GSU) Alumni Association: A Case Study in Strategic Planning

Most alumni organizations today recognize that in order to meet their long-term goals and objectives in an effective and efficient way, they must have a plan to follow—a map to lead them to their desired destination. Whether an association is considering development of their first strategic plan like GSU was, or is a veteran of several completed plans, the process can be a daunting one.

Brad Ferrer, 2009-2012 President

GSU Alumni Association

Brad Ferrer is immediate past president of the GSU Alumni Association, and Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration at Cable News Network (CNN). Mr. Ferrer led the association during the development of the GSU Alumni Association strategic plan. 

Christina Million, Executive Director

GSU Alumni Association

Christina Million serves as the Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations and Executive Director of the GSU Alumni Association.

Note: Mr. Ferrer, Ms. Million, and Dr. Lee Patouillet  of Patouillet Consulting LLC are presenting a session on the GSU Alumni Association Strategic Planning Process: Challenges and Opportunities at the CASE III Conference—Atlanta, GA in February, 2013.

Patouillet Consulting LLC assisted Georgia State University in developing its newly implemented strategic plan. Christina Million (CM) and Brad Ferrer (BF) answer questions about the plan and the process. 

1.    Why did you do a strategic plan for the Georgia State University Alumni Association?

BF: We wanted to tie our planning efforts to the GSU Strategic Plan; so once the school’s plan was ratified by the University Senate during early 2011, we began our planning efforts so we could align our mission, values and vision with the university’s strategic plan.

CM: Since the GSU Alumni Association had never completed a strategic plan, it was perfect timing to develop one to provide direction for the entire organization and to support the university’s goals.

2.    What role did your consultant play in assisting you in developing the plan?

CM: Patouillet Consulting, LLC (PCLLC) was integral to the entire process. They helped direct us and kept us focused on the common goal. It is easy to get lost in details and forget the big picture, and they were able to keep everything on track. The firm provided great examples and materials to spark conversation and discussion. Also, their expertise was invaluable, and provided great insight in the most effective way leading to the successful completionof the plan. PCLLC made my job so much easier, and I am thankful for all their guidance from start to finish.

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Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.

~Paul J. Meyer

New! Expanded Executive Coaching and Career Development Services Offered

In response to demand from professional colleagues and clients, Patouillet Consulting, LLC, has formalized the firm’s offerings in the following areas:

  • Executive Coaching
  • Career Counseling
  • Personal Brand Building
  • Development of Professional Resumes, Cover Letters and Supporting Documents
  • Interviewing Techniques
  • Salary Negotiations
  • Professional Networking Strategies

Patouillet Consulting , LLC offers a one hour complimentary session to discuss your needs and to explore ways in which our firm can help you achieve your desired objectives. For further information, please contact Dr. Tom Kolda at

New Staff

Dr. Tom Kolda 

PCLLC Senior Consultant

Thomas J. Kolda, Ph.D., of Westerville, Ohio, recently joined Patouillet Consulting, LLC (PCLLC) as a Senior Consultant assisting with executive coaching, career management, counseling and related services. He worked in higher education and other not for profit advancement leadership roles for more than three decades. Dr. Kolda brings a wealth of experience to his role at Patouillet Consulting, LLC. 

Patouillet Consulting, LLC helps college, university and nonprofit leaders generate additional support and increase constituent engagement.

The firm, established in 1983, serves as a strategic partner in assisting our clients in the following areas:

Patouillet Consulting, LLC enjoys the involvement and support of a national advisory board comprised of industry leaders. Additional information about the firm is available at

For further information, email Dr. Patouillet

Workshops & Seminars

Higher Education
  • The Integration of Alumni and Development in Fundraising and Capital Campaigns
  • The Role of the Board Member in Resource Development
  • The Role of the Alumni Association as a Strategic Partner in Advancing the Institution
  • Key Metrics and Dashboards in Development and Alumni
  • Strategies for Diversifying your Revenue Stream in an Era of Funding Cuts

Community Based Nonprofits

  • Strategic Planning for Community Based Nonprofit Organizations
  • The Role of the Board Member in Resource Development
  • Strategies for Diversifying your Revenue Stream in an Era of Funding Cuts
  • Moving from a Good Board to an Exceptional One
  • Key Metrics and Dashboards for Nonprofit Organizations

Patouillet Consulting, LLC

Client Testimonials

Dr. E. Joseph Savoie


University of Louisiana at Lafayette

When the University of Louisiana at Lafayette was seeking a consultant to conduct a comprehensive review of our University Advancement division, we wanted someone knowledgeable in the various advancement disciplines who had an extensive network of practitioners to call on and a professional record of accomplishment. Lee Patouillet surpassed our expectations and delivered a thorough report in a flexible and affordable manner. Patouillet Consulting provided an excellent return on investment for our project.”


Ms. Eva T. Blum

President, PNC Foundation

Trustee, University of Pittsburgh

As co-chair of the largest capital campaign in the school’s history (two billion dollars), I worked closely with Lee to engage alumni in this effort. We knew that alumni giving would be critical to the success of the campaign. Lee directed the thinking and the development of a strategy to integrate the alumni association into the capital campaign. There were many innovative ideas adopted that continue to enhance the campaign.”


Mr. Scott A. Rabenold

Vice Chancellor, Development and Alumni Affairs

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

“We had incredibly high expectations when we engaged Patouillet Consulting to review our alumni office. However, Lee and his team far exceeded our ambitious expectations with their professionalism, preparedness, and presentation. It was well worth the investment to contract with Patouillet Consulting and we look forward to implementing their recommendations.”


Ms. Judy L. Taylor

Director of Resource Development

Technical College System of Georgia

“The two-year sector of higher education is the point of access to post-secondary education for millions of Americans. Today, as a sector, we serve the majority of the nation’s undergraduates, including many who are low-income and first generation students; students of color or students who are underprepared for college level courses. Our challenge as fundraisers has never been more important – for our students and for our nation. Patouillet Consulting has provided expert advice, counsel and training for 25 colleges in the Technical College System of Georgia. As a result, we are better prepared to support students, faculty, staff and programs throughout the state.”