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Distressed Institutions of Higher Education: An Exploration of Options

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November 3, 2021
2:00 PM Eastern

November 3, 2021
2:00 PM Eastern

Join Baker Donelson shareholder Jennifer L. Curry for this complimentary webinar presented by the Employment Law Alliance (ELA). As higher education's post-pandemic landscape begins to emerge, many institutions are finding that the enrollment, fiscal and competitive challenges they faced before COVID are reappearing in even more stark relief. Some institutions are having to face the difficult realization that any sustainable path forward requires major strategic and operational changes. These changes can include sale of assets; significant downsizings; renegotiation of collective bargaining agreements, leases, and other long-term debt and legal obligations; mergers; and consolidations.

Join our panel of thought leaders, comprised of a business professor, financial restructuring lawyer, and labor and employment attorneys, and moderated by a former system board chair, as they consider a hypothetical troubled university and explore the critical risks, opportunities and decisions confronting distressed higher ed institutions today.


  • Jim (James) R. Erwin, Partner, Pierce Atwood


  • Jennifer L. Curry, Shareholder, Baker Donelson
  • Stephen A. Donato, Co-Chair, Business Restructuring, Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy Group, Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC
  • Paul N. Friga, Clinical Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School
  • Kelley Kaufman, Member, McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC

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