Higher Ed Consultants helps faculty and intercollegiate athletics departments manage diversity and inclusion, sexual harassment, and other human relation issues.

  • Sexual harassment and discrimination training.
  • Independent university sexual harassment investigation.
  • Assistance in recruitment, hiring, and retaining diverse faculty, athletics administrators staff, and coaches.
  • One-on-one coaching for appropriate workplace behavior, effective management, and resolving workplace disputes.
  • Mediation.
  • Internal investigations of misconduct.
  • Customized diversity and inclusion training workshops, programs, and assessments.


Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Higher Ed Consultants. She is a recognized consultant, providing expert insight to universities, colleges, and intercollegiate athletics departments in the areas of diversity and inclusion, discrimination, sexual harassment, Title VII, Title IX, and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) policy.  Her adept views have been presented in The New York Times, U.S.A. Today, and The Huffington Post.


Prior to forming Higher Ed Consultants, Charlotte enjoyed a successful career in higher education administration, serving as Interim President of Martin University, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and as a senior administrator at the University of Iowa, Purdue University, and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.  She coordinated compliance with Title VII, Title IX, and ADA;  oversaw and conducted investigation, legal response, mediation, and dispute resolution strategies for internal (faculty, staff, and students) and external (federal, state, and local agencies) complaints of discrimination and harassment; revised, updated and created policies; and conducted training programs and workshops for faculty, staff, and students.


Charlotte is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, and in 2008 was selected to receive the Association’s “First Decade Award” for being a member for 10 or fewer years that had made “a significant contribution of service to the Association and to the practice of higher education law.” She is a member of National Association of College Directors of Athletics, National Association of Collegiate Woman Athletics Administrators, and Black Coaches & Administrators.


Charlotte has served on boards of nonprofit organizations and taught at both the undergraduate and law school levels at University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Purdue University, University of Iowa and Indiana University Maurer School of Law.  She writes and lectures frequently on topics pertinent to higher education, intercollegiate athletics, and the nonprofit sector.


Charlotte holds a B.S. and M.Ed. from Ohio University and J.D. from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, where she was on the Law Journal.


Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow, President/CEO
317-771-3103 (Telephone) | 317-284-1426 (Fax)
westerhaus [at] highered-consultants.com