What higher ed experts are saying about the Transformational Partnerships Fund

Academic leaders from across the country recognize the growing need for creative solutions and new approaches to partnership.

“Support from ECMC Foundation has been critical for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education as it explores how, by integrating six of our universities, it can address serious financial and demographic challenges, expand opportunities for students, improve their outcomes, enhance affordability, and extend even greater benefit to communities and regions we serve. The Transformational Partnerships Fund will make this type of support available to other institutions at a watershed moment for so much of US higher education.”

—Dan Greenstein
Chancellor, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education

“Our institutions are increasingly intrigued by the potential of partnerships, but taking the first step is hard. It’s wonderful that philanthropic funders recognize the importance of helping them and have established the Transformational Partnerships Fund to do it.”

—Belle S. Wheelan, Ph.D.
President and CEO, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

“Exploring a merger or strategic partnership is difficult for leaders even when it has the potential to be transformational for the students and institutions involved. The Transformational Partnerships Fund is a welcome resource for colleges and universities interested in taking the first step.”

—David Chard
Dean ad interim of Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development

“Over the coming decade, higher education will go through profound changes. Boards must be open to considering various types of partnerships as a way for the institutions they govern to best advance their educational missions and serve students.”

—Larry Penley
Chair, Arizona Board of Regents

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