About

Thank you for visiting the official website of Scott M. Helfrich, D.Ed. and Helfrich Advisory Services, LLC, a boutique consultancy that specializes in college and university Housing Operations and Residence Life development. My mission is to be a leading provider of affordable and practical consulting and resources for the college and university student housing industry.

I have been a full-time, Housing & Residence Life professional since July 2000 and have presented nationally and internationally on a variety of Higher Education and Student Affairs topics. I provide consulting services for those looking to improve results in their housing and residence life operations and educational efforts on their campuses.

Education

  • Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania (B.A.)
  • Nova Southeastern University (M.S.)
  • Pennsylvania State University (D.Ed.)

Professional Experience

  • University of Pittsburgh (2000 – 2001)
  • Bloomsburg University (2001-2005)
  • EdR, Inc. (now Greystar)
    • Affiliate P3 housing @ Bloomsburg University (2005-2008)
    • Affiliate P3 housing @ California University of Pennsylvania (2008 – 2016)
  • Millersville University (2016 – Current)

Specialty Experience

  • Crisis Management & Incident Response
  • Public-Private Partnerships (P3)
  • Residence Life Staff Training & Education Development
  • Student Housing Business & Facilities Operations

Public-Private Partnerships (P3s)

I am proud to be a nationally-recognized thought leader on the management of student housing public-private partnerships (P3s) having lead the operations of three P3 student housing communities at three different public institutions since December 2015. I have presented on the subject at national and regional professional conferences and as well as via webinar. My dissertation research focused on the influence of the student living environment on academic self-concept, which included a P3 community.

I served as a faculty member at the 2018 ACUHO-I Senior Housing Officers Institute in Pittsburgh, PA presenting on the topic of P3s with staff from Brailsford & Dunlavey. I have also served on the ACUHO-I Public-Private Partnership Task Force since 2018 and have helped to influence how ACUHO-I can provide more comprehensive resources on the P3 industry for its members.

From 2005 – 2016 I worked for a publicly-traded, student housing development and management firm and earned numerous performance awards for revenue generation, budget management, and overall property management. I have trained colleagues from around the country on how to effectively foster relationships between campus administrators and student housing management firm representatives.

Presentations and Publishing

I have been a guest blogger on Brailsford & Dunlavey’s P3 Higher Ed Resource Center as well as the Huffington Post College and the Student Affairs Collective. I was awarded the 2014 Outstanding Experienced Professional Award (10+ Years) from ACPA’s Commission of Housing & Residence Life at the 2014 National Convention in Indianapolis, IN. I was also a faculty member for the MACUHO / NEACUHO Regional Entry Level Institute (RELI) in 2014 and 2018.

Additionally, I been published in the Journal of College Student Development, Student Leader Magazine, Campus Activities Programming Magazine, and have been a consultant, training module developer, and writer for various colleges & universities, online companies, and higher education organizations, such as ResLife.net, StudentAffairs.com, and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).