Michael E. Cooper

Senior Consultant


An experienced educational leader and administrator with an entrepreneurial spirit and eye toward innovation. Mike’s varied and successful 40-year career in higher and secondary education offers great value for those seeking to grow and prosper their organizations. In addition to the depth of knowledge he has built throughout his diverse career, Mike’s enthusiasm, energy, perspective on life, and sense of humor are the personal qualities that have made a difference in the success he has had throughout his career. Mike specializes in strategic planning, thinking and execution, executive coaching, crisis management, and board development. Overarching what he offers as a consultant is how he uses his background and experience in social and emotional learning as a backdrop in teaching groups and organizations to become more highly functioning and successful.

In July 2015 he transitioned from Head of School at Brewster Academy after a successful 12 years. Under his leadership, and stemming from the creation and implementation of two strategic plans, the school saw significant growth in the development of its educational program, (specifically project based learning and in the implementation of an approach directed at teaching students skills of social and emotional intelligence), fundraising to meet its strategic goals, and in the growth of its reputation resulting in a strong balance sheet and sustained enrollment — all during one of the country’s most challenging economic times since the Great Depression.

Prior to Brewster Academy, Mike spent almost 20 years at Clarkson University, first serving as its Dean of Students, where, after nine years, he transitioned to Vice President for Student Affairs. He then served as the University’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement for five years. While VP for Advancement he oversaw the completion of a comprehensive campaign, exceeding its original goal by over 40% and meeting or exceeding each campaign priority.

A career educator, he received a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award in 1993 to the United States-German International Education Seminar for administrators to study the higher education system in Germany, and more recently was the recipient of a fellowship for Heads of Schools at the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College Columbia University in 2012. In addition, he has served the New England Association of Schools and Colleges on four accreditation visitation teams, three as chair. He currently serves on a number of nonprofit boards including the Wright Museum of World War II, the Wolfeboro Area Children’s Center, and the Wolfeboro Area Recreation Association. Previously a member of the Wolfeboro Chamber of Commerce for 11 years, he served as its president in 2009. He has presented at a variety of national conferences on a wide range of topics, including emotional intelligence, strategic planning and thinking, board development, and on educating the whole child.

Mike holds a doctorate in Child and Family Studies from Syracuse University, a master’s in education from St. Lawrence University, and an undergraduate degree in psychology from The University at Albany, State University of New York.