The Chronicle of Higher Education
November 4th, 2014
There’s nothing like a hobbled business model to keep the higher-education consulting business hopping.
After years as a managing director at Huron Consulting—preceded by a
long career as an administrator at several prominent universities—John
Curry recently stepped down from his Huron post. Unsurprising, perhaps,
considering that he’s 73.
But Mr. Curry didn’t retire. He moved to another consulting firm,
Deloitte, which recruited him to help guide strategy for the
organization’s expanding practice in higher education. In the past two
years, Deloitte has doubled, to 200, its consultants working in higher
Peter Stokes, another expert in higher-education management who is
well known for his prior work at Eduventures and as a member of the
Spellings Commission, just rejoined the consulting ranks. After working
for the past several years on strategy and business development for
Northeastern University, Mr. Stokes joined Huron in October as one of 35
managing directors in the higher-education practice, which now has 335
consultants. He’ll focus on cost containment, revenue strategies, and,
as he puts it, helping colleges respond to internal pressures from
trustees and outside pressures from lawmakers and the public "to become
more this and more that."