From Challenge Comes Opportunity

Higher education is challenged and changing. Digital technology is increasingly critical to financial sustainability, broadening access and enabling learning, and discovery. But the gap between technology hype and reality, showmanship and leadership, vision and execution can be vast. Success requires the right technology leadership, the right strategy, and the right organization.

With decades of experience in higher education and nonprofits, Next Generation helps clients bridge these gaps. We partner to set actionable digital strategies, find leaders ready to make lasting change, and develop the organizational capacity required to realize your tomorrow.

Our Services

We uniquely focus on the intersection of strategy, IT leadership recruitment,
and organizational performance.

Executive Search

We lead searches for the leaders who guide institutions’ use of digital technologies including Chief Information Officers, Senior Academic Technology Officers, Digital Learning Officers, Chief Data Officers, and Chief Information Security Officers.

Organizational Effectiveness

We improve the performance of organizations, identify cost savings, assess readiness to support institutional priorities, design governance structures to facilitate effective decision making, and help select digital partners.

Technology Strategy

We bring process, facilitation, and thought leadership to define technology and online learning strategies, enable support for research, promote the use of data, and digitally transform processes.

About Us

Founders Mary Beth Baker and Phil Goldstein have more than two decades of higher education, executive search, and management consulting services experience. Our focus and size enables us to be hands-on, flexible, authentic, and collaborative. We understand higher education and nonprofit organizations have distinct organizational and cultural challenges. We deliver more than a report on a shelf or a person in a chair. Rather, we collaborate with you so strategy is ready to be implemented, a leader is hired with the support necessary to act, and your IT organization is positioned to facilitate your learning, research, student success, and operational strategies.

Responding to COVID-19


COVID-19 presents many short and longer-term challenges.  We can help your institution respond by:

  • Triaging and redesigning processes to sustain remote work
  • Establishing structure, staffing, and strategy to enable teaching with technology
  • Reducing IT costs and reprioritizing investments
  • Finding leaders to fill the strategic roles of CIO and Director of Online Learning
  • Assessing readiness to support online learning with or without an OPM provider