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Robert Shindell, Ph.D.

Austin, Texas Area Active since: November, 2014


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Dr. Robert Shindell serves as Vice President & Chief Learning Officer for Intern Bridge, Inc., the nation's premier college recruiting consulting and research firm. Intern Bridge surveys over 25,000 students annually to capture trends of internship and recruiting experiences. The critical survey data is the basis for our work: helping organizations build meaningful entry-level talent programs, and assisting career centers to more effectively serve their student populations.

During the past 15 years, Robert Shindell has successfully held a variety of professional leadership roles in higher education. He developed career centers at The University of Toledo’s College of Engineering, Midwestern State University and the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University. Robert’s innovative approach to career services led The Rawls College of Business Career Management Center to achieve the ranking of 28 in BusinessWeek’s national ranking of College of Business career centers in 2007.

While at Texas Tech University, Robert Shindell was appointed to the role of associate vice president of enrollment services. He led the restructuring and refocusing of the university’s recruiting and admissions initiatives, resulting in a 20 percent increase in applications, 10 percent decrease in the admission rate and the largest freshman and transfer classes in the university’s history.

Robert earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Texas Tech University a master’s degree in training and development from Midwestern State University, and a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Toledo.

Robert is a frequent speaker at education and career management conferences, and he resides in Austin, Texas with his wife Christy, his son, Jack and his daughter, Charley.


  • Aug 2012  -  Present

    Senior Associate Consultant

    Williams & Company works with colleges and universities nationwide to facilitate the development and implementation of strategic and annual enrollment plans, train and develop professional enrollment staffs, evaluate the effectiveness of financial aid and scholarship strategies, improve student success and retention, and provide executive search services specializing in enrollment managers.

  • Oct 2011  -  Present

    Vice President & Chief Learning Officer

    Intern Bridge is the nation's premier college recruiting consulting and research firm. We survey over 25,000 students annually to capture trends of internship and recruiting experiences. The critical survey data is the basis for our work: helping companies build meaningful entry-level talent programs, and assisting career centers to better serve their student populations. Our work is accomplished through a variety of methods including national workshop tours, online professional development webinars and conferences, publications, custom research, and consulting. Intern Bridge has sold thousands of college recruiting best practices books. Over 10,000 recruiters, managers, and career center practitioners have taken part in our professional development efforts. We have worked with over 80% of the Fortune 100 organizations, in addition to being represented on almost every college campus in the nation. Intern Bridge is proud to be a Business Week Top 25 Under 25 company

  • Jul 2007  -  Present

    Managing Partner

    Our proven approach guides our students through the following areas: College Exploration and Selection, Application Management and Financial Planning and First-Year Support. But our primary mission is to match your child with appropriate schools – and then make sure that they have the professional support needed in order to not just survive, but thrive during their first year of college. With our guidance and support, the student gains insight into his/her values and passions that result in logical decision-making and self-confidence. Building a resume, learning how to interview, and writing powerful personal statements are just some of the skills that will be of benefit in all of the student’s future endeavors. You want your child to be successful in life, but most of all you want your child to be happy. Choosing a college that will be the perfect fit is perhaps the biggest decision you and your child will ever have to make. When a school has been identified, we continue to work with you and your student to identify appropriate scholarship and financial aid opportunities both at the institution and within your own community. Throughout the process we are available to you and your child and have the expertise to help with ALL of your concerns, every step of the way.

  • Nov 2008  -  Nov 2011

    President & "The CareerDoctor"

    Our mission is to do good for people who have lost their jobs, are involuntarily unemployed, or taking steps to getting back to productive employment. Content items and links on this site are considered to be job loss recovery resources. There are articles about coping with job loss, getting started with a job search, starting a resume or updating your current resume, and more. The website also contains features for sharing information and interacting with experts, organizations, and businesses who deal with coping job loss and job layoff recovery. Our objective is to provide useful content and website features that promote successful recovery after job loss and/or unemployment.

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    Dean of Enrollment Management

    Huston-Tillotson University is a historically black college affiliated with The United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ, and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). The mission of the University is to provide its increasingly diverse student body with an exemplary education that is grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, balanced with professional development, and directed to public service and leadership. • Served as Chief Enrollment Officer for a vibrant and growing HBCU • Managed the areas of recruitment, admission, financial aid, scholarship and the Registrar. • Increased number of committed fall enrollments by over 100%. • Sat largest new student class in the 135 year history of the institution. • Spearheaded the development of a new university website. • Developed and implemented strategic enrollment management initiatives. • Oversaw the preparation of the annual enrollment management unit’s budget as well as the underlying departmental budgets. • Implemented programs focused on the achievement of HSI status for the institution as well as the recruitment and retention of a culturally diverse student population. • Assisted in the University’s reaffirmation efforts for accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. • Worked with the Dean Student Affairs and the Business Office in targeting retention strategies and in creating a smooth flow in the orientation, advisement and registration processes.

  • Jun 2007  -  Sep 2008

    Associate Vice President - Recruiting & Admissions

    Reorganized the Division of Enrollment Services at a Big XII university to increase recruitment of undergraduate and transfer students. Analyzed and identified problem areas and challenges; devised and generated multiple solutions; engaged participatory leadership skills with management team on implementation of solutions; trained admissions staff in areas of proactive customer service and relationship sales. Results: 15% increase in applicant pool, 40% increase in historically underrepresented population resulting in the largest freshman and transfer class in the history of the institution. Launched budget reduction initiative within a division of a Big XII University. Identified areas of savings; formed multi-divisional teams to analyze expenses; established target objectives and zero-based budgeting techniques; implemented enhanced accounting techniques; motivated management team through participatory leadership; documented and reported results to Board of Regents. Results: Reduced budget by 15% (over $1 million dollars) while increasing employee engagement and morale. Established task forces to focus on the enrollment of Hispanic and African-American students at a Big XII university. Recruited community leaders, students and faculty of under-represented populations to serve; formulated strategies to increase enrollment; researched, evaluated and reported methods currently used by competitor institutions; spearheaded aggressive marketing plan to increase scholarship fundraising. Result: 42% increase in African-American applicants, 52% increase in Hispanic applications, and a significant increase in unrestricted scholarships.

  • Jan 2003  -  May 2007

    Founding Director, Career Management Center

    Envisioned, then created and implemented a college specific career center in a Top 50 public Business School. Developed comprehensive strategic plan; wrote initial policies and procedures; hired and trained staff; integrated career management into existing curricula; expanded career services delivery through increased web presence; developed secondary funding streams to support services. Recruited over 500 employers to hire business students for jobs and internships. Results: Center was ranked #28 in the nation by Business Week, highest undergraduate starting salary in the state; 95% placement of b-school students within 3 months of graduation. Implemented web-based career services portal in a “Top 50” public business school. Conducted needs analysis with both employers and students; identified software solution vendors; created content and design; led branding and marketing initiatives. Results: Launched web portal that is now utilized by all employers and students in the college to facilitate employment connections.

  • Oct 2000  -  Dec 2002

    Director - Career Management Center

    Envisioned, developed and implemented a First-Year Experience course for students in a College of Business Administration. Convinced Dean and senior faculty members to fund the project; researched and evaluated similar programs from other schools; recruited students into the class during orientation. Results: 74 students signed up successfully completed class during the first semester, generating 222 credit hours equating to over $16,000 profit through Texas State Higher Education Formula Funding.

  • Jan 1997  -  Oct 2000

    Associate Director - Cooperative Education and Placement, College of Engineering

    Developed cooperative education program within a College of Engineering. Created opportunities for with companies in the US and Canada; solicited companies to fund the Cooperative Education Scholars Program; authored, implemented and facilitated Professional Development Course for freshman engineering students; instituted and developed Career Expo. Results: Over 250 companies hired cooperative education students, raised $300,000 in scholarships and increased college national ranking significantly.

  • Jun 1995  -  Aug 1996

    Leadership Consultant

    • Provided on-site educational programming and resources to chapters across the country. • Facilitated Leadership and Educational conferences at The College of Charleston, SC.


  • Jan 2003 - Jan 2013

    Texas Tech University

    Higher Education Administration

  • Jan 2000 - Jan 2002

    Midwestern State University

    Training & Development

  • Jan 1990 - Jan 1995

    University of Toledo


  • Jan 1986 - Jan 1990

    Madison High School

    College Prep