Testimonials


Loyola University Maryland
Strategic Plan & Financial Review

"As a first time Director of Athletics, Betsy Alden and her Team provided me with assessments, insights and recommendations during my initial year at Loyola University Maryland. They were readily available and incredibly flexible with managing our requests. Our Athletic Department is becoming stronger and more efficient as a result of our partnership with Alden. I highly recommend Alden and value the relationships formed with Betsy Alden, Dave O'Brien, Phil Goldstein, and Jeff Orleans. Betsy is the consummate professional and her 40,000 foot view of higher education and athletics are invaluable. Dave O'Brien and Jeff Orleans were an excellent sounding board and Phil Goldstein had solid information on financial issues."

Jim Paquette, Assistant Vice President & Director of Athletics

 


Berry College
Feasibility Study

"Alden & Associates, Inc. provided us with a complete, professional and thorough study which proved extremely beneficial to our institution's decision making process."

Robert "Todd" Brooks, Director of Athletics

 


Queens College CUNY
Executive Search

"Alden was the perfect firm for Queens College. The team listened to our needs, understood our culture, navigated our process and in virtually every way "got it!" Most importantly they recruited an exceptional, HIGHLY diverse candidate pool, providing us with an outstanding final candidate."

Dr. Joe Bertolino, Vice President for Student Affairs & Chair of the Assistant Vice President for Athletics Search Committee

 

Eckerd College

"Dr. Betsy Alden and her staff are experienced, knowledgeable, and discerning. Our college utilized their services for a comprehensive intercollegiate athletic program review. They were thorough in their preparatory research and ensured that they were conversant with the broad outline of our program and college community prior to their arrival on campus for their on-site study. I certainly would utilize the services of Alden & Associates in the future for the purposes for which we engaged them. In addition, they would be among my top choices if the need arose for the services of an athletic executive search firm. We deeply appreciated Betsy and Andi's assistance and enjoyed working with them!"

Dr. Jim Annarelli, Vice President & Dean of Students

 

University of Northern Iowa
Title IX Review & Compliance Plan

"We can't begin to tell you how much we have enjoyed working with your staff members who have come to campus. They are personable, knowledgeable and have entered with a deep and thorough understanding of our University and made recommendations that are appropriate for us, rather than a cookie-cutter approach. They were easy to work with, flexible, and gave us timely responses. We couldn't be any more satisfied…"

Troy A. Dannen
Director of Athletics

Jean Berger
Senior Associate Director of Athletics/SWA

 

University of Nebraska at Omaha
Feasibility Study

"I was impressed with the overall breadth of service. Due to the extent of our reorganization, we required a firm that could perform a judicious review in an extremely short window; Alden & Associates delivered for UNO."

Trev Albert
Director of Athletics

 

Texas A&M University

"At Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, we are extremely pleased with the work that Alden & Associates did on our behalf by conducting a very thorough Title IX Audit for our intercollegiate athletic program. Because we are a rapidly developing athletic program in a very progressive, growing university, the process of self-examination that our audit provided was critical, and it led to the formation of a well-conceived action plan that will ensure and protect our program's comprehensive commitment to gender equity. Our consultant's background as a seasoned, experienced intercollegiate athletic administrator, proved to be a major asset as well – because he intuitively understood not only the issues that we were facing, but also the need to reach practical, attainable solutions. Our work with Alden & Associates is helping us every day to provide a solid administrative foundation for our total athletic program."

Tim Fitzpatrick
Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Director of Athletics

 

Southwestern University

"Southwestern University's administration recently contracted with Alden & Associates, Inc. to develop a feasibility study on the addition of various sports to the institution's athletic program. Alden & Associates definitely lived up to their reputation for being able to produce an outstanding product in a timely and cost effective manner! Southwestern was very pleased with not only their end product but also the process by which they produced the report–they listened, they researched, and they advised. We will definitely use them for future projects!"

Dr. Glada Munt
Associate Vice President & Director of Athletics

 

University of Northern Iowa

"In the new financial era, we were asked by our Board of Regents to assess and analyze whether FCS football was still fiscally viable for our institution. The report thoroughly assessed all options, and gave our Regents an unbiased and complete analysis which resulted in affirmation of our program's standing, and reiterated the value returned from the investment of public funds in intercollegiate athletics. We could not be more pleased with the work done by Alden & Associates for the University of Northern Iowa."

Troy A. Dannen
Director of Athletics

 

The College of New Jersey

"Alden & Associates, Inc. did an outstanding job in reviewing our Athletics program. Their overall expertise provided us with the resources needed to move our Athletics Department forward. Their professionalism and caring approach was especially pleasurable."

John Castaldo
Director of Athletics & Recreation

 

Indiana State University

"Alden & Associates, Inc. assisted us with our search for a director of intercollegiate athletics. I've served on several search committees over the years, and the Alden-assisted athletics' director search was the best ever! Alden & Associates worked with us from the first advertisements to the last background check, and their work was first class!

The committee was impressed that Alden & Associates recruited a diverse pool of applicants from a wide geographic area. The candidates represented all divisional levels, and possessed substantial experience in intercollegiate athletics. We interviewed four exceptional individuals from a very strong field, and the most difficult part of our search was deciding who would get the offer.

If you are looking for a business that practices high ethical standards in its dealings with candidates and clients alike, you won't find a better organization than Alden & Associates. Dr. Alden's screening recommendations were right on!"

Reed Kidder, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Search Committee Chairperson

 

Canisius College

"As the chair of the search committee to find a new athletic director for Canisius College, I found Betsy's counsel to be of tremendous value. She assisted with all aspects of the search providing a customizable template from which to work. She sourced a diverse and qualified candidate pool, conducted thorough background checks and kept the process moving which was important given our aggressive timeline. If you are looking to conduct a well run, professional search, Betsy is the person to contact."

Dr. Cary M. Anderson
Dean of Students & Chair of the Search Committee

 

University of New Hampshire

"It was a pleasure working with Alden & Associates on the formulation of a policies and procedures manual. While this task was especially daunting for UNH given the fact that we did not have a previous document, Betsy Alden's expertise carried the day. UNH not only received a well done "living document" but learned much along the way. We are currently contemplating a strategic plan for our department and will utilize Alden & Associates if that is the direction we plan on pursuing."

Marty Scarano, Director of Athletics

 

Seattle University

"This was the best search process I've ever been involved with because of the outstanding connections Alden & Associates enjoys with top candidates. The pool Betsy Alden developed was deeper and richer than we had expected, the support we received through the process was top notch, and we could not be more pleased with the outcome."

Kelley Testy, J.D., Dean, School of Law & Search Committee Chairperson

 

University of Missouri

"Identifying sound procedures for managing an athletic program and coordinating those procedures in a Policies and Procedures Manual is critically important in college athletics today. Working with Alden & Associates, the University of Missouri found their services to be a valuable resource as we continued to build our management efforts. We found their work to be professional, efficient, responsive and applicable to our program. It will benefit us not only at the present, but well into the future."

Michael F. Alden, Director of Athletics

 

LaGrange College

"Alden & Associates efficiently and objectively assessed our institution's capability to add a major sport, thoroughly weighed all pertinent factors, and delivered a feasibility study within our time and cost parameters. Their study gave us the critical vantage point we needed, as well as detailed cost and personnel information, that allowed us to reach a decision. They were professional, personable, and truly cared about the welfare of our institution. I give them an unqualified recommendation if your institution needs a professional, objective study of its athletics program."

Linda R. Buchanan, Ph.D.
Vice President & Dean for Student Life

 

Slippery Rock University

"Betsy Alden:

  • Solid experience in athletic administration.

  • Good insight regarding laws and policies.

  • Very perceptive about individual campus personalities and issues.

  • Extremely personable allowing her to work well with people regarding issues that can be difficult, if not volatile.

  • She does her job very well."

Dr. Robert J. Watson, Vice President for Student Affairs

 

Drake University

"In the fall of 2000, a campus committee recommended that Drake University conduct a study of the potential impact of eliminating the University's Division I-AA football program. Needless to say, the outcome of that study would have serious consequences for the University's finances, admissions profile, gender balance and racial diversity concerns, and Drake's relationships with its alumni and the community--all of which would be subjected to sustained and vigorous public scrutiny. Alden & Associates and Betsy Alden in particular, were of great help to Drake University in addressing this highly volatile issue--providing objective data on which to base decisions, and an articulate, thoughtful, and immensely helpful analysis of those data to assist the University's administration formulating a response. Throughout the process, Betsy was an informed, engaged, and extremely perceptive partner, and the University's ability to effectively communicate the appropriateness of its decision (we did not eliminate the football program) was in great part due to her collaboration with us."

Dr. David Maxwell, President

 

South Dakota Board of Regents

"Confronted with expert witness testimony that one of the institutions under its control failed to achieve compliance with Title IX, the South Dakota Board of Regents, which controls South Dakota's six state funded universities, decided that the time was long overdue to make Title IX compliance a reality, not one more pressing objective among many…Alden and Associates proved to have the Title IX expertise, the mettle, the background and the people skills needed to work successfully with South Dakota's numerous programs and administrators. The proposals that it helped to shape are practical and achievable, and the firm earned and held the confidence of Board members and campus administrators alike."

Dr. Jim Shekleton, J.D., General Counsel

 

North Dakota State University

"During the news conference announcing his selection, our new Director of Intercollegiate Athletics said he was impressed by the detail, commitment, planning and organization of the search committee's work. As he went through the process, he said it reaffirmed his desire to join NDSU. That reflects highly on the services provided by Alden-Perry Athletics Search [now Alden & Associates, Inc.]."

Dr. Joseph A. Chapman, President

 


University of Massachusetts Boston

"In looking for a consulting firm to work with us on strategic planning we talked with a number of individuals and reviewed three firms very seriously. We quickly became convinced that Alden & Associates was the best fit for our needs. How right we were! It has been pure joy working with Dr. Betsy Alden. Her easy manner and extensive knowledge is buoyed by a long and distinguished career in intercollegiate athletics. Betsy's understanding and guidance made our strategic planning process enjoyable, instructive and completely inclusive. We are pleased with the planning process and excited about implementation of the final product."

Charlie Titus, Director of Athletics

 

University of Maine, Orono

"I want to offer my sincere and heartfelt thanks for the assistance you provided in our recent search for a Director of Athletics. Not only did you attract an outstanding set of candidates to our pool, who would not have been there without your encouragement, you also applied the highest standards of care and diligence to ensure the credentials and quality of the candidates."

Dr. Peter S. Hoff, President

 

University of Maine, Orono

"Your input and guidance provided credibility, structure, and perspective to our activities. As a result of your knowledge of the industry and your connections with people in the industry, we were able to attract highly qualified candidates that we would not have been able to attract on our own…An athletic director search is very visible both internally and externally to the university; there are a lot of people to keep happy. To have all of these groups satisfied with the process and the final selection can only be attributed to your skill in guiding the process."

Dr. Diana Lawson, Associate Dean & Chair of the Search Committee