Todd Deal


Seeking to leverage the experiences of a 28-year career in higher education, Todd joined CCL in March 2018. Todd’s journey in higher education included rising through the faculty ranks to tenured Full Professor, during which time he also served a 5-year stint as Associate Dean for Academic & Student Affairs and 10 years as Executive Director for the Office of Leadership & Community Engagement in the Division of Student Affairs at Georgia Southern University. In the latter position, Todd served as chief architect for an academic minor in Leadership Studies and for a comprehensive, co-curricular student leadership development initiative. In this work, Todd and his team designed, created, and implemented a multi-faceted leadership development program focused on attracting and retaining high-potential student leaders and fostering a campus culture of active student engagement. Todd has developed and taught undergraduate leadership courses and has designed experiential learning opportunities focused on understanding and developing collective leadership for students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

Todd is also founder, president, and chief learning officer of TDLearning, Inc., his company through which he has worked with corporate, nonprofit, governmental, and educational clients to provide professional and leadership development initiatives. In this role, Todd has facilitated community leadership development programs, executive retreats, leadership coaching, and emerging leaders programs with a focus on developing high-performing, effective teams.

Current Role

Todd serves as the Portfolio Leader and Faculty for the Higher Education sector of CCL’s Societal Advancement team. In this role his focus is on partnering with institutions across the broad landscape of higher education to provide leadership education and leader development. Todd and his team work across the spectrum of North American higher education from co-creating leadership programs for college students to facilitating leadership development initiatives for faculty, staff, and executives at the college, university, and system-level.

Educational Background

Todd earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia Southern University, his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, and completed a post-graduate program in Leadership Studies at Northeastern University. Todd is a graduate of The Art and Practice of Leadership Development, an executive education program of Harvard’s Kennedy School. He is a Gallup-certified strengths coach and a certified EQi-2.0 & 360 facilitator. Todd holds CCL certifications in a variety of assessments and experiential learning programs.

Todd is a member of the International Leadership Association, the Association of Leadership Educators, and the National Clearinghouse of Leadership Programs. He is also a member of the American Chemical Society. Todd is an inductee of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society; Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society; and Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society.

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