Stephen Schoonmaker, Ed.D.

CEO, Cross Country Leadership Solutions LLC

Dr. Stephen Schoonmaker is CEO and Founder of the Cross County Leadership Solutions LLC (CCLS) and a Leadership Coach for Achieving the Dream. CCLS is a consulting firm specializing in leadership coaching, strategic planning, systems thinking, and leading sustainable change management. Under Stephen’s leadership, CCLS has served higher education clients in several states across the nation and been involved in two national higher education initiatives: WSSN and the Interstate Passport Initiative through the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE).

Stephen brings to ATD more than 30 years of experience in higher education. He has served as adjunct faculty teaching developmental mathematics, sociology, psychology, business, and leadership, and as an educational administrator for public and private universities in several states. After starting his career in student services, Stephen transitioned to academic affairs before eventually serving as a Vice President at two coastal community colleges, and President of a rural community college. Stephen has been honored by many of the communities he has served, including being named a community advocate and man of the year; however, his proudest professional achievements have been the thousands of student successes that he has been privileged to witness and support throughout his career.

Stephen holds a doctorate in educational administration with an emphasis in community college leadership from New Mexico State University, an M.S. in college student personnel administration from Western Illinois University, and a B.A. in sociology from the University of Vermont.

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