& Uncommon Insights
Merger Due Diligence
Providing strategic analysis and merger due diligence for multiple clients engaged in higher education merger and acquisitions (M&A) activity.
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.
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.
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.
$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.
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.