Dr. Cleo Samudzi – Managing Director of Ed-Prep ConsultingDr. Cleo Samudzi is the lead consultant and Managing Director of Ed-Prep Consulting. He interacts directly with all clients in all phases of the consultation.
Dr. Samudzi is skilled in the following areas:
1. Professional development of K12 educators and administrators.
2. High school student preparation for transitioning to the workforce.
3. High school student preparation for college application and for success in college.
4. What it takes for college students to be successful.
Dr. Samudzi spent 14 years as Dean of the Missouri Academy (an innovative early-college program) at Northwest Missouri State University (February 2004 – April 2018). He also doubled-up as the Founding Director of the Honors Program at Northwest Missouri State University (March 2005 – May 2008).
Prior to joining the University, Dr. Samudzi served at the Missouri Department of Higher Education (August 1998 – January 2004) – with key responsibilities in three areas. First, as Senior Associate for Academic Affairs and Planning, he oversaw academic program evaluation – the evaluation of existing degree and certificate programs, new degree and certificate programs, and degree and certificate program changes, submitted to the Missouri Department of Higher Education by colleges and universities in Missouri. Second, Dr. Samudzi served as the Commissioner’s Associate for Life Sciences at the Missouri Department of Higher Education. In this capacity, he worked closely with the commissioner of higher education in providing information and coordinating the state’s life science initiatives and workforce development. Third, Dr. Samudzi was Missouri’s Director of the higher education component of the Title II federally funded Improving K12 Teacher Quality Professional Development Program (formerly known as the Eisenhower Program).
Before joining the Missouri Department of Higher Education, Dr. Samudzi was an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Missouri, for six years, and Associate Scientist in Molecular Pharmacology at the National Cancer Institute in Frederick, Maryland, for four years. He has also served as a part-time Adjunct Professor of Physics at Shepherd University – a 4-year public regional university in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, and a part-time Biology and Chemistry Instructor at the Community College for Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for eight years.
Dr. Samudzi received his B.A. (cum laude) in Biology and Chemistry from Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota, and his Master of Science degree and doctorate (PhD) degree in biological sciences/x-ray crystallography from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.