Inform, Inspire, Innovate

We are educational improvement specialists with over 25 years of combined experience in recruitment and retention improvement strategies, program and leadership development, grant writing, program evaluation and strategic planning. Our team has provided transformative and meaningful experiences to higher education spaces, creating longstanding impact. As substantive change agents, we are dedicated to challenging cultures and uplifting traditions.


Vaneshette T. Henderson, Ph.D.

Partner and Senior Principal Consultant

Dr. Henderson currently serves as the Director of National Grant Development with IDEA Public School System, National Headquarters. She is responsible for supporting IDEA’s national development team’s ambitious fundraising goals through leading grant writing for all federal, state and local grants for the states of Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Arkansas, and Ohio. Dr. Henderson previously served as the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Administration of Wiley College. She was responsible for providing leadership, management, and oversight of administrative and operational affairs at the College. Before being promoted, she served as the Vice President for Enrollment Services. Upon arrival at Wiley College in May 2018, she was immediately responsible for leading several Title IV initiatives including but not limited to creating an Heightened Cash Monitoring 2 response model to ensure the College’s reimbursement of Title IV funding, responding in totality to a Department of Education program review in which 27 findings were discovered and 60 required actions were mandated for sanction removal, as well as responding to prior years audit which had the potential to result in over 3 million dollars in liability but the College was only found responsible for $11,000 in liability.

Prior to joining Wiley, Dr. Henderson previously served as the Executive Director of Student Achievement and Retention for the Center for Undergraduate Student Achievement in the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Southern University and A&M College. She was the Assistant Dean of the Student Academic Success Office in the College of Arts and Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana.  During her tenure at Xavier, she also served as the Educational Improvement Specialist for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.  Also, she served as the Coordinator for Pre-College and Women in Engineering Programs at Louisiana State University. Dr. Henderson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics from Xavier University of Louisiana; Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan; and a Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction from Louisiana State University.

Brandon K. Dumas, Ph.D.

Partner and Senior Principal Consultant

Dr. Brandon K. Dumas, the 42nd President of the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NASAP), has a record of accomplishment and holds more than a decade of experience in higher education administration. Founded in 1954, NASAP is a professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence in the area of Student Affairs. The organization serves as a beacon for student affairs personnel addressing the issues and needs of today’s college students.

Dr. Dumas holds four academic degrees: an Associate of Science in Law Enforcement and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Southern University and Agricultural & Mechanical College; a Master of Business Administration from Salem University; and a Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University.

Dr. Dumas most recently served Wiley College as the Inaugural Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management where he was responsible for planning, developing, managing, and administering programs and strategies for student affairs and enrollment management that supported the strategic plan and mission of the college. Additionally, he developed and implemented a comprehensive plan to recruit, retain, and serve a vibrant and diverse student body. Dr. Dumas’s tenure as vice president was characterized by great gains, transformational leadership and a momentum of progress and innovation. Amidst a global pandemic when colleges and universities across the country struggled to stabilize enrollment, Wiley’s first-time freshmen enrollment increased by 19% under his leadership. Prior to being named Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management in 2019, he served as Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. Under his leadership, the athletics department experienced winning seasons in multiple sports and earned the coveted distinction of having the highest cumulative grade point average in the Red River Athletic Conference.