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The Future of Small, Private Colleges

With less resources at its disposal, the margin of error on small college operations is significantly less than larger institutions, which is one reason we continue to see so many small colleges throughout the country entering into mergers or shutting their doors entirely.

On June 6, 2019, Kurt T. Steinberg, Ed.D., President of Montserrat College of Art, and Susan E. Schorr, an attorney at McLane Middleton, will discuss the challenges small, private colleges are facing, how they can stay ahead of potential issues, and what the future for these institutions looks like. In addition, the presentation will discuss hot button issues for students on campus, including free speech and sexual misconduct.

Agenda
Registration/Networking - 7:30 a.m.
Program - 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.

Cost
This event is being offered as a free education session.

Location
McLane Middleton
300 TradeCenter, Suite 7600
Woburn, MA 01801

About the Moderator


Sandy Lish
Principal & Co-Founder, The Castle Group, Inc.

Sandy is the principal and co-founder of The Castle Group, a 22-year-old women-owned PR and event management firm based in Boston, with offices in Atlanta and Maui. A recognized expert on crisis communications, Sandy has decades of experience leading national high-profile, high-stakes crises for educational institutions of all sizes, from independent and private schools to colleges and universities. Examples of sensitive and highly charged situations she has managed include Title IX, litigation, data breaches, racial and diversity issues, sexual harassment, leadership misconduct, and academic program reprioritization/workforce reduction, among others. Sandy serves on the boards of Mass Bay Community College, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Center for Women and Enterprise, March of Dimes, WGBH Corporate Executive Council and Boston College Chief Executives Club.

About the Panelists


Susan E. Schorr
Attorney, McLane Middleton

Susan is Vice Chair of McLane Middleton's Education Law Practice Group. She finds solutions to legal questions and challenges faced by independent schools and social service organizations, and manages investigations when serious misconduct is alleged. Grounded in thorough legal analysis, she offers practical advice and responsiveness. With a background as a social worker and current trustee of several non-profit organizations herself, Susan approaches client challenges in a holistic and detail-oriented manner.


Kurt T. Steinberg, Ed.D.
President, Montserrat College of Art

Kurt assumed the presidency of Montserrat College of Art on July 1, 2018, following a national search. He came to Montserrat following 12 years at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (Mass Art), where he served as executive vice president and one year as acting president.

Prior to joining MassArt, he was Associate Vice Chancellor/CFO at the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. His prior experiences include serving in the Syracuse University Office of Student Activities, Director of the Office of Child Enforcement Finance for the Mass. Department of Revenue; Deputy Director of the Capital Expenditure and Program Office for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation and Construction, and Fiscal Policy Analyst for the Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration and Finance.

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At McLane Middleton we establish and maintain long-standing relationships with our clients to help us better achieve their unique goals over time. This approach to building trust requires that our esteemed lawyers and professionals use their broad, in-depth knowledge and work together with integrity to ascertain sound resolutions to legal matters for their clients.

Strength in numbers

McLane Middleton is made up of more than 105 attorneys who represent a broad range of clients throughout the region, delivering customized solutions. As a firm we are recognized as having the highest legal ability rating. The firm is rated Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell and is recognized as one of the nation's leading law firms in Chambers USA. Our attorneys are distinguished leaders in their respective practice areas.

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McLane Middleton's versatile group of attorneys and paralegals become trusted authorities on each case through collaboration. We work with our clients to learn their individual needs first and foremost and, together, we develop comprehensive solutions to their specific legal matters. This approach helps us exceed our clients' expectations efficiently and effectively, client by client, case by case.

Practice Areas

A history of excellence

McLane Middleton was established in 1919 in New Hampshire, and has five offices across two states. However, deep historical roots don't allow you to become innate. Our firm is organized, technological, and knowledgeable. Our history means we are recognized. But our reputation is built on the highest quality of service and experience in very specific areas of law.

The Firm

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Our team continuously seeks opportunities to enhance their professional development and put key learnings to action. The pursuit of further insight guides us to volunteer service opportunities, speaking engagements, and teaching roles. Our lawyers are sought after thought leaders across their industries, and recipients of leadership awards throughout the region.