The Value Of Collaborative Partnerships In Higher Education

In this environment where public officials must “do more with less,” well-placed public-private partnerships (P3s) offer an attractive option to university executives.  Collaborative efforts between industry and public colleges and universities offer long-term benefits to both parties. The P3 projects have been diverse.  Some involved construction of new facilities, research labs, sports stadiums or student housing. Other types of P3s have resulted in revenue-producing development on university campuses. This panel will discuss the various facility types and deal structures which have been executed in public private partnerships on U.S. college and university campuses.


  • Jennifer Bales Drake, Shareholder, Chair, Real Estate; Vice Chair, Public Private Partnerships, Becker & Poliakoff
  • Joseph M. Coyle, President, University Student Living
  • Phillip A. Ray, Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs, Texas A&M University System
  • Bob Shepko, President, Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions