David Attis is the managing director of strategic research with EAB. His studies have explored data-driven decision-making in higher education, academic program performance metrics, university budget models, managing large-scale multidisciplinary research, internationalization strategies in higher education, maximizing space utilization on campus, and the future of doctoral education.
Prior to joining the EAB, Dr. Attis was a senior director of policy studies at the Council on Competitiveness, a non-partisan organization of CEOs, university presidents, and labor leaders committed to increasing America’s economic competitiveness through innovation. He served as the deputy director of the council’s National Innovation Initiative and as a policy consultant on the National Academies’ Rising Above the Gathering Storm report. He also directed the research for the council’s flagship publication, the Competitiveness Index: Where America Stands, chaired by Professor Michael Porter of Harvard Business School, and performed research on the role of universities in regional economic development.
Dr. Attis also spent time as a management consultant for A.T. Kearney, both in their general consulting practice and in their global business policy council. His work included business turnarounds, strategy consulting, information systems implementation, global risk assessments, economic development, and policy analysis.
Dr. Attis holds a PhD in the history of science from Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Chicago. His book, Mathematics and the Making of Modern Ireland: Trinity College Dublin from Cromwell to the Celtic Tiger, was published by Docent Press in Fall of 2014.