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David Attis

Managing Director, Research

Over the past decade, David has worked with more than five hundred colleges and universities in the US and Canada, leading workshops and strategy sessions for boards, cabinets, deans’ councils and department chairs and presenting to a wide range of audiences on the major trends impacting higher education.

His studies have explored data-informed decision-making in higher education, innovative academic program design, university budget models, academic organizational structures, managing large-scale multidisciplinary research, and the future of doctoral education.

Prior to joining the EAB, David was a senior director of policy studies at the Council on Competitiveness. While there he worked on the National Innovation Initiative, contributed to the National Academies’ Rising Above the Gathering Storm report, and collaborated with Professor Michael Porter of Harvard Business School on the council’s Competitiveness Index.

Areas of Expertise
Strategy, Academic Program Planning
Academic Program Innovation, Budget Models, Organization Change Management, Metrics and Dashboards, Board Relations, Future Market Trends, Research Faculty Support

Upcoming Events


Special Joint Session for Provosts and Chief Research Officers

Please join us in Washington, DC this April for unique two-day meeting that will bring together Provosts and Chief Research Officers in a cross-silo conversation on the research enterprise. This session is limited to Provosts, Chief Research Officers, and Vice Presidents, Research.