Experience building programs that target global markets

Experience building programs that target global markets

About Karl Rutter

After Karl Rutter spent more than 30 years in both the for-profit and not-for-profit worlds, he founded Karl Rutter Consulting LLC, a boutique consulting firm focused in higher education and not-for-profit institutions.

Rutter has learned to quickly identify opportunities for growth and create new initiatives rooted in sound business practices, bridging the not-for-profit and for-profit worlds. His experience also includes teaching on both the graduate and undergraduate levels, both in person and online.

Rutter’s experience in higher education extends to business development, partnerships, program development, recruitment, and strategic management for both the domestic and international markets. He has added value to both short- and long-term programs, building on sound business practices. Rutter understands complex institutions, having worked with tuition-driven and Ivy League universities, which allowed him to assemble a toolbox of high-impact, low-cost solutions to help schools achieve their goals. 

Rutter has worked with a breadth of degree and non-degree initiatives, including certificate, English language, pre-college, and international student and summer programs. This experience enables Rutter with the skills to truly understand cross-functional and cross-discipline teams. His clients appreciate that he understands their issues and is available to continue through implementation stage.

He started building his business acumen when he began his career in the for-profit world, working at prestigious publishing companies such as Macmillan and Time Warner in sales and marketing. While in publishing, Rutter had the opportunity to work with international distribution launching Zagat Survey guide books in Canada, the United Kingdom, France, and Japan using various entry strategies. He also started the graphic novels division of DC Comics, building sales from zero to $3 million in just 2 years.

Rutter has lived in 5 countries and speaks 3 languages. He has an undergraduate degree in foreign languages from Hunter College, received the prestigious German Academic Exchange (DAAD) scholarship to study 20th Century German Literature in Regensburg, Germany, holds an MBA in global marketing management from Fordham University Gabelli School of Business, was a Fulbright Scholar in Monterrey, México and is currently ABD, pursuing a doctorate in management researching entrepreneurship and innovation in higher education at Cass Business School, City University London. Rutter splits his time between New York and London.

When not training for a road race, he is cooking for a volunteer community lunch program on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, New York.


Teaching Experience

Karl Rutter also teaches Marketing Strategy at Columbia University in the Online Business Certificate Program. He started teaching in 2003, after completing a Fulbright in México, when Rutter designed two special topic graduate courses: Targeting the Latin American Market and Launching Pan European Marketing Strategies for Fordham University Gabelli School of Business. Later, he went on to teach Introduction to Marketing, International Marketing, and Digital Marketing.

“Karl is exceptionally skilled at identifying underlying issues, developing creative solutions, and then ensuring new initiatives are planned and executed with high rates of success. Karl is confident in taking calculated risks, and our program portfolio and new incoming student body were beneficiaries of his carefully crafted approaches. I found Karl to be a great brainstorming partner, and he trusted among his peers and leadership to take ownership of a wide variety of projects. Beyond that, he is articulate, well-traveled, and interesting in virtually any conversation on any topic—all great qualities for building positive working relationships within and across organizations and industries.”
Jennifer Maden
Former Associate Dean at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies; currently the Assistant Dean and Director of Graduate Studies at Rowan University’s Rohrer College of Business

Karl Rutter Consulting LLC has the experience working and delivering success in higher education in both Ivy League schools and self-funded, tuition-driven schools.