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Mergers and Other Deep Collaborations: Key Podcast Reprise

July 21, 2022

This week’s episode of The Key, Inside Higher Ed’s news and analysis podcast, revisits a past discussion about a topic that remains deeply relevant: college mergers and other strategic partnerships.

Events like last month’s merger between Saint Joseph’s University and University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and last week’s news that Antioch University and Otterbein University are teaming up to create a new national system of nonprofit colleges and universities keep this issue in the headlines.

This April 2021 discussion featured John MacIntosh of SeaChange Capital Partners, a driving force behind the Transformational Partnerships Fund; Art Dunning, former president of Albany State University, who oversaw that institution’s merger with Darton State College; and Sister Margaret Carney, president emerita of St. Bonaventure University, who offered a cautionary tale about a merger that didn’t happen—and what went awry.

Listen to the episode here, and find out more about the Key podcast here.

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Doug Lederman

Doug Lederman is editor and co-founder of Inside Higher Ed. He helps lead the news organization's editorial operations, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Doug speaks widely about higher education, including on C-Span and National Public Radio and at meetings and on campuses around the country, and his work has appeared in The New York Times and USA Today, among other publications. Doug was managing editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education from 1999 to 2003. Before that, Doug had worked at The Chronicle since 1986 in a variety of roles, first as an athletics reporter and editor. He has won three National Awards for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association, including one in 2009 for a series of Inside Higher Ed articles he co-wrote on college rankings. He began his career as a news clerk at The New York Times. He grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and graduated in 1984 from Princeton University. Doug lives with his wife, Kate Scharff, in Bethesda, Md.

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