Whether a for-profit or not-for-profit institution, Carl Marks Advisors has the industry experience to help a college or university overcome obstacles and ensure continued success.

Higher education remains in flux for many for-profit and not-for-profit colleges as they struggle with lower enrollments and operating deficits. Traditional lenders are looking to exit the sector, while non-traditional lenders are slowly entering, bringing a higher cost of capital. The rise of hybrid learning and increasing costs have resulted in significant decreases in college enrollment, creating a challenging economic environment for higher education.

Carl Marks Advisors understands the complex challenges facing post-secondary education providers. Our professionals work closely with trustees, administration staff, and school management teams to address strategic positioning, pursue merger and acquisition opportunities, improve revenues and enrollment, implement programmatic changes, and resolve regulatory and accreditation issues.

Examples of Our Work


Company Advisor
University of Bridgeport
Company Advisor
New England College of Business
Interim Management
The College of New Rochelle

Select Team Members

Steven Agran

Managing Director
Steven has over 25 years of experience specializing in providing turnaround and interim management services to financially distressed companies.

John Farrell

Managing Director
John is a senior advisor with significant leadership and hands-on operations experience in higher education and management consulting.

To learn more about our team’s expertise in ensuring success for post-secondary providers, please call or email us.

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