Janet Pilcher - Studer Education Executive Leader and Co-Founder


Senior Executive and Managing Director

Janet Pilcher is the founder and Senior Executive of Studer Education and a Managing Director of Studer Group. In 2010, Janet transitioned from higher education to work with the founder of Studer Group, Quint Studer, to determine how best to transfer leadership best practices in healthcare to education.

Several years down this path, Janet and Quint joined in partnership to co-author, Maximize Performance: Creating a Culture for Educational Excellence. This book highlights partner results and accomplishments that align to the Nine Principles® and our mission to maximize human and organizational performance. Janet and the coaching team engage in partnership with leaders to elevate their organizations into places where people have purpose, do worthwhile work, and make a difference.

Prior to joining Studer Group, Janet served a 19-year tenure at the University of West Florida where she was a professor, associate dean and dean of the College of Professional Studies. While at UWF, she received and oversaw $17M of grant and contract projects and achieved one of UWF’s research distinction awards.

In 2005, Janet transitioned from the dean’s position to create and lead the Institute for Innovative Community Learning. While at UWF, she and Dr. Robin Largue co-created the TeacherReady program, an online teacher certification program that prepares second-career teachers all over the world. In partnership with the University of West Florida, Studer Education continues to offer this program serving teacher over 1,000 candidates each year.


Ph.D. Measurement & Evaluation | Florida State University
M.Ed. Educational Leadership | University of West Florida
B.S. Business | Florida State University


Million Dollar Research Award| University of West Florida (2009)

Outstanding Community Leader| Escambia County PTA Award (2008)

Outstanding Administrator | Phi Delta Kappa - Escambia County, FL (2005)

Outstanding Paper Award | Qualitative Interest Group Conference (2000)

College of Professional Studies Business Partner Award | Escambia County School District (2000)


Executive Coaching, Leadership Development, Continuous Improvement, Strategic Planning, Employee Engagement, Service Excellence, Operational Improvement, Performance Improvement


Evidence-Based Leadership, Nine Principles for Organizational Excellence


Founded Studer Education
Dean & Professor, College of Professional Studies
School Teacher
Marketing Research Analyst


Maximize Performance: Creating a Culture for Educational Excellence
Firestarter Publishing, 2014

Who’s Engaged? Climb the Learning Ladder to See
TeacherReady, 2012

How to Lead Teachers to Become Great
Studer Education, 2009

Effective Teachers. Effective Leaders.
Formula, 2011

Building an Emotional Bank Account
Southeast Education Network, 2014

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