Bryan Smyth, Ph.D.

Bryan Smyth | ISM Consultant | Director of Research | Bio
Bryan Smyth | ISM Consultant | Director of Research | Bio | Mobile

ISM Senior Consultant and Director of Research

Bryan joined ISM as a Consultant in 2013 following 13 years in independent school administration. His central purpose is to help students flourish. He believes that the enhancement of school environments and cultures is the best way to facilitate growth in children and adults.

Bryan conducts onsite scheduling consultations, having had extensive experience creating and implementing unique daily schedules and annual calendars for both boarding and day schools. He helps schools analyze and strategize their operations by conducting Strategic Performance Analyses, Strategic Planning/Strategic Financial Planning, and Strategic Academic Planning consultations.

As a former licensed psychologist, Bryan helps schools design mission-based advisory programs and helps schools evaluate their ability to support student well-being.

In addition, Bryan oversees ISM’s research initiatives designing studies, conducting statistical analyses, and advancing the organization’s knowledge in areas important to independent school leadership.

Bryan writes frequently for Ideas & Perspectives, ISM's flagship advisory letter, in the areas of scheduling, student-centered policies, faculty growth and evaluation, finance, social-emotional well-being, and research. In 2019, he co-authored Comprehensive Faculty Development: A Guide to Attract, Retain, Develop, Reward, and Inspire.

Bryan co-leads ISM’s popular Heads Retreat. He also co-leads ISM’s Student-Centered Scheduling workshop, which is offered twice a year, and conductsThe Assistant Headship, offered at Summer Institute every other year.

Bryan holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in clinical psychology from Marquette University, Wisconsin, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois. He also earned an MBA from Reinhardt University, Georgia, which focused on the application of business principles to the management of independent schools.

This varied background and set of experiences afford Bryan the ability to analyze a school’s form and function from multiple viewpoints, leading to solutions that take into account all perspectives.