Thaddeus Guldbrandsen, Ph.D. is the principal higher education consultant at Pemi River Consulting, LLC. He specializes in helping colleges and universities adapt to changing times. Much of his work has focused on developing university-community partnerships, high-impact learning practices, and applied faculty innovation.
Thad is author of several publications on globalization, democracy, social inequality, and sustainable development. He is co-author of the award winning book, Local Democracy Under Siege: Activism, Public Interests, and Private Politics (NYU Press 2007).
Thad is active in community service, volunteering with organizations devoted to education, social justice, and sustainable development. He currently serves on the Lakes Region Advisory Board of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire (treasurer), the Community Impact Committee of Granite United Way, Leadership New Hampshire, and Canterbury Shaker Village. He is in his third term as trustee of Sterling College and is the Chair of the Program Committee.
Thad earned his doctorate degree in anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001 and served as a faculty member and administrator with University System of New Hampshire for 17 years (2001-2017). During that time, he was the founding director of the Center for the Study of Community at the University of New Hampshire, the founding director of the Center for Rural Partnerships (now the Center for Business & Community Partnerships), Vice Provost for Research & Engagement, and Executive Director of Government Relations at Plymouth State University. He completed the Harvard University Management Development Program in 2014 and Leadership New Hampshire in 2001. He was recognized as “Young Professional of the Year for the State New Hampshire in 2012 and one of “Forty Under 40” community leaders who make a difference in New Hampshire.