Monday Afternoon Learning Opps

Lessons Learned: What I Wish I Had Known About College Mergers Before Launch

  • Monday, July 15
  • 04:00 PM - 05:15 PM
  • Austin Conv Center
  • Level 4, 12AB
  • BMO


Richard Hisey

Senior Vice President Administration & Finance and CFO

Berklee College of Music

Boston, Massachusetts

Martin Howard

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

Anne Ogilby


Ropes & Gray LLP

Boston, Massachusetts


Using two case studies—the Boston University–Wheelock College merger and the Berklee College of Music–Boston Conservatory merger—panelists will examine the challenges and issues encountered in merging two non-profit higher education institutions. Hear how they explored models for alliances, managed internal and external communications, built effective working teams and processes, and leveraged synergies and benefits to negotiate successful outcomes.

Learning Objectives

  • Knowledgeably lead informed merger discussions
  • Anticipate pitfalls and mitigate obstacles throughout the merger process
  • Understand the roles and perspectives of participants