Peter Stokes

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Peter Stokes

Peter is a higher education expert with more than 20 years of industry experience as a consultant, researcher, university administrator and teacher. He works with higher education leaders to transform their strategic planning and increase student success.

About Peter

Transformation is about adapting two variables: the business model and the audiences served.

Peter is a managing director in the strategy and operations group of Huron’s education business. For more than two decades he has advised presidents, provosts, deans and other senior education leaders at public and private institutions on long-term planning and student success strategies.

Peter specializes in working with institutions to reach new audiences, develop innovative curricular models, support graduates’ work readiness and more meaningfully engage alumni and employer partners. Throughout his career, he has helped colleges and universities take the necessary steps to thrive in a changing environment, from defining their institutional strategy and improving their competitive positioning, to launching new programs and designing innovative education delivery models.

Prior to joining Huron, Peter was the vice president for global strategy and business development in the president’s office at Northeastern University. He previously served as Northeastern University’s executive director for postsecondary innovation within the College of Professional Studies. Peter has also held leadership roles at Russell Reynold Associates and Eduventures.

He has had the opportunity to participate in multiple education-focused public sector initiatives including the U.S. Department of Education’s Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, the Massachusetts Commonwealth Readiness Commission and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation Tenth Anniversary Commission.

Peter is a frequent speaker at industry events hosted by organizations including the American Council on Education (ACE), the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO). He has been a lecturer at a number of institutions including Tufts University, the Massachusetts College of Art and Northeastern University.

Areas of Expertise

  • Business Planning
  • Strategic Planning
  • Enterprise Strategy
  • Academic Affairs
  • Student Lifecycle Management
  • Mergers Acquisitions and Partnerships


  • Education & Research

Education & Certifications

  • Ph.D., Stony Brook University
  • B.A., Stony Brook University


  • The Staffing Crisis in Higher Education

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    View the results of a survey of higher education leaders launched by Huron and the Chronicle of Higher Education exploring the current state of staffing on campus

  • Trust, Value, Safety: Higher Education Beyond the Pandemic

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    As COVID-19 vaccines unfold, it is paramount that leaders mount scalable, long-term strategies to make education valuable and safe through the pandemic.

  • From Pandemic to Transformation: Higher Education Leadership

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    Throughout the ongoing global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. colleges and universities have been confronting unprecedented change.

  • Academic Programs and Opportunities

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    Academic programs can benefit from a framework Huron developed for higher education’s evolution through this pandemic and economic downturn.

  • Strategic Planning Beyond the Pandemic

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    Leaders need to develop more agile business models that take into consideration what they have learned from the industry’s response to the COVID- 19 pandemic.

  • What Students Really Want: Getting the Job Done in Higher Education

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    Leaders should define who their stakeholders are today — and how this should evolve in the future — to ensure that their institutions thrive in the long-term.

  • Applying the Jobs-to-Be-Done Model in Higher Education

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    Today’s college students are “hiring” education providers to do a job: to prepare them with the skills needed to obtain and sustain thriving careers.

  • The Transformation Imperative in Higher Education: How Leaders Are Planning for the Future

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    This infographic illustrates key findings from a study of 495 higher education leaders’ perspectives regarding transformation in higher education.

  • The Evolution of Higher Education

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    The jobs-to-be-done framework allows higher education leaders to uncover meaningful insights about who they serve and what they expect from institutions.

  • Connecting the Dots for Student Success

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    Learn how to achieve student success and financial sustainability by using strategic planning and integration across your higher education campus.

  • Higher Education Transformation for the Campus of Tomorrow

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    In partnership with EdTech Times, Huron embarked on a six-part podcast series exploring trends and strategies in higher education with industry experts.

  • Building Higher Education’s Future Business Model

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    Higher education institutions will need to adapt their business models to engage a changing student population and overcome unsustainable cost structures.

  • Rethinking the Four-Year, On-Campus Student Experience

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    Designing experiences beyond the traditional four-year degree delivery model will allow institutions to better engage current and future student populations.

  • The Transformation-Ready Higher Education Institution

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    Huron, the American Council on Education and the Georgia Institute of Technology surveyed 495 higher education leaders about how they are preparing for change.

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In the Media

  • Redefining the Classroom: What Does the Future of Education Look Like?

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    EdTech Times

  • U.S. College Leaders See Too Much Competition Ahead

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    Voice of America

  • Lead From the Future


    Inside Higher Ed

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Available to Purchase

  • Peter Stokes Book 1

    Higher Education and Employability: New Models for Integrating Study and Work

    Higher Education and Employability makes a crucial contribution to the current reassessment of higher education in the United States by focusing on how colleges and universities can collaborate with businesses in order to serve the educational and professional interests of their students. This book includes a series of case studies of institutions that have developed ambitious collaborative programs and partnerships with the business community.

    Purchase on Amazon
  • Peter Stokes Book 2

    Reinventing Higher Education: The Promise of Innovation

    Reinventing Higher Education: The Promise of Innovation addresses the pressing need for fresh ideas and innovations in U.S. higher education.

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