Higher Education: The Future is Not the Past

Date: Friday, November 20, 2020

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Location: Zoom Webinar


The coronavirus pandemic has increased near-term risks for higher education institutions. Over the next two years, colleges will confront declining revenues and expense pressures, which will force difficult decisions around personnel and programs. In addition to budget strains, colleges will focus on bolstering liquidity and managing debt. Prospects for additional federal relief remain uncertain.

Over the longer term, shifting demographics, technological innovation, consumer preferences, and governmental funding/policies will influence the pace of change for the sector. What will the higher education landscape look like in the future? How will liberal arts colleges adapt? Will the role of public universities change? What are the opportunities and constraints for the sector, and how will these impact credit quality?

Our panelists will provide a broad perspective on all of these issues from several points of view.

Our Speakers:

Dr. Sean Decatur, President – Kenyon College
Dr. Decatur is an award-winning biophysical chemist and an emerging voice in the national conversation about higher education. He has a clear-eyed view of the challenges facing some traditional liberal arts colleges and is a compelling presenter on changes confronting the higher ed industry.

Dr. Aaron Thompson – Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
Dr. Thompson was named president of the Council On Postsecondary Education in 2018 after serving for four years as senior vice president for academic affairs and for five years as executive vice president. In total, his leadership spans 27 years across higher education, business and numerous nonprofit boards The public universities in Kentucky face a number of challenges around demographics, state funding, and pensions. Dr. Thompson will speak both about the national landscape for public universities and how this might play out in a state like Kentucky.

Jim Hundrieser, Vice President of Consulting – National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)
Mr. Hundrieser oversees NACUBO’s work in providing institutions new strategies to match ambition with aspiration. He focuses on revenue growth, new program development, financial restoration, building capacity, providing pragmatic solutions, and conducting operational assessments. He has served as an institutional vice president at two private and one public university.

The discussion will be moderated by Susan Fitzgerald, Associate Managing Director and Manager of the Higher Education Group at Moody’s Investors Service.

Cost: Free for members of MAGNY and NFMA, $40 for non-NFMA members

To register for the Higher Education webinar on November 20, 2020 at 12:00 PM ET, click here.

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