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Consulting Assistance

With the guidance and the support of President Fry, the College retained the services of Anthony Knerr & Associates (AKA), strategy consultants serving institutions of higher education and other not-for-profit organizations in the U.S. and Europe. AKA has worked with the Committee to establish roles and a detailed work plan that will allow the College to complete the plan by the end of the calendar year.

Anthony Knerr & Associates
Established in 1990, the firm’s clients include University of Aberdeen, University of Akron, American Board of Internal Medicine, Bard College, Barnard College, Baruch College (CUNY), Cambridge University, Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Relations, Carnegie Hall, Case Western Reserve University, Central European University, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Museum, Columbia University, Connecticut College, Cooper Union, Educational Testing Service, Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY), Ford Foundation, Fordham University, Friends of the Hudson River Park, Hunter College (CUNY), INSEAD, Institute of Laryngology and Voice Restoration, Institute of Music and Neurologic Function, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Metropolitan New York Library Council, National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), National Urban League, New York University, Oxford University, Pace University, Polytechnic University, Princeton University, Queens College (CUNY), Radcliffe College, Salzburg Festival, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Smithsonian Institution, The State University of New York (SUNY), U.S. Department of Education, Villanova University, World Bank, Wadsworth Atheneum and Museum, World Monuments Fund and Yale University. 

Illustrative major assignments include advising Cambridge University on its £1 billion 800th Anniversary Global Campaign; repositioning INSEAD as a global business school and organizing its first world-wide capital campaign; establishing the Institute of Laryngology and Voice Restoration in affiliation with Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital; merging Radcliffe College and Harvard University to establish the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; and assisting The State University of New York develop a system-wide strategic plan.

Consulting Team:
Anthony Knerr, Ph.D.
Anthony Knerr is Managing Director of Anthony Knerr & Associates.  He was earlier Executive Vice President for Finance and Treasurer of Columbia University and Vice Chancellor for Budget and Planning of the City University of New York.  He was previously Special Assistant for Budget and Planning to the Acting President of Yale University; an Associate with the consulting firm of Booz, Allen & Hamilton; a Program Officer with the International Exchange Program; a Teaching Associate at Indiana University; and a Teacher at Milton Academy.

Dr. Knerr has taught English Literature at Columbia College, Public Policy and Nonprofit Management at Columbia University Graduate School of Business, English Literature at Indiana University, Philosophy at Yale University and Public Policy at the New School.  He has written and published widely on strategy, non-profit organizations, public policy, higher education and literature.

Dr. Knerr is President Emeritus of the Sea Turtle Conservancy; President Emeritus of United Neighborhood Houses of New York City; Vice Chairman of Humanity in Action; Treasurer of Words Without Borders; and a board member of the Keats-Shelley Association and New York Society Library.  He is also Lead Director of the Delaware Group of Mutual Funds.  He has previously served on numerous other nonprofit and corporate boards.  He is a member of the Foreign Policy Association, Grolier Club, New York Economic Club and Phi Beta Kappa.

He received his Ph.D. in English Literature from New York University; M.A. cum laude in English Literature and Philosophy from Yale University; and B.A. magna cum laude in Mathematics and Philosophy from Yale University.

John M. Braunstein
John M. Braunstein, a Senior Consultant of the firm, has extensive experience in higher education strategy, organization design, management, enrollment and planning.  With AKA, he has led engagement for a wide variety of higher education clients, including Baruch College, Brooklyn College, Case Western Reserve University, Drexel University College of Engineering, Fashion Institute of Technology, Fordham University, Hunter College, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, Pace University, State University of New York, UKA Teacher U., University of Akron, University of Sciences in Philadelphia and Villanova University. 

He was earlier a Senior Associate in the Higher Education Consulting Group of Coopers & Lybrand, a Senior Consultant in the Higher Education Industry Group at KPMG Peat Marwick and a Principal in the higher education strategy practice of The Stillwater Group. His clients in these positions included Brooklyn College, Columbia University, The Educational Testing Service, University of Maryland System, University of Missouri, MIT, New York University Stern School of Business, University of Chicago Law School, University of Pennsylvania and Yale University.

Mr. Braunstein has also served as Associate Provost for Enrollment and Planning at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion; Interim Associate Provost for Enrollment Management and Dean of Admission at Franklin and Marshall College; Vice Provost for Enrollment Management at Iona College; Associate Director of Admission at Oberlin College; and Assistant Director of Admission at Brown University.  

He received his B.A. degree in semiotics from Brown University and his M.B.A. in management of organizations and marketing from Columbia University. He also participated in the Management Develop Program of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.