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Distinctive Projects
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Insights

RECENT PROJECTS

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Merger Due Diligence

Providing strategic analysis and merger due diligence for multiple clients engaged in higher education merger and acquisitions (M&A) activity.

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Interim CFO

Recently concluded an eight-month term as interim CFO at a major private research university as a new president launched a bold institutional vision and built a new executive leadership team.

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Urban College Relocation

Recently concluded an 18-month engagement involving the relocation of an entire mission-driven, private college in Brooklyn, NY. This included guiding the financing, design, construction (on-time and under budget) and opening of the new facilities.

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Financial Turnaround and New Campus Acquisition

Assisted with the financial turnaround of a storied Chicago Catholic high school and advised on the negotiations and purchase of a 74,000 square foot academic complex and 20-acre campus in North Central Chicago. The school is now experiencing record enrollments. 

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$165m Public Private Partnership

Guided the establishment of a public-private partnership between the DePaul University, the City of Chicago, and the McCormick Place convention Center to finance and construct of the 10,000-seat Wintrust Arena on the city’s Near South Side. The facility opened in 2017.

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Asset Management and $200m Facility Monetization

Served as president of the Educational Advancement Fund, a nonprofit joint venture serving four Chicago universities, overseeing the successful operation of the 1,729-bed, 18-story “superdorm” known as the University Center of Chicago. In 2017, led the marketing and sale of the facility for an amount exceeding $200 million.