Focus Area: Higher Education

Institutions of higher education have never been under as much external scrutiny as today and the list of high-profile issues never been longer: escalating tuition and questions of affordability, Title IX, the changing face of collegiate sports, sexual assault and violence on campus. Moreover, due to the nature of campus life, universities are often the crucible of a variety of difficult social issues in addition to traditional risks such as natural disasters or cyber attacks.  Reporting requirements only add to the external scrutiny and pressure to respond quickly.

We Understand Your Challenges

Blue Moon Consulting Group understands the broad range of risks that you face and works in collaboration with some of the largest and most prestigious institutions of higher education. When faced with significant issues or potential crisis events, we provide insight, guidance and support that come from years of experience. In addition to helping you respond to issues and crisis events, we also help you prepare for them. From a capabilities assessment to developing a defined and broader role and management process for your crisis management team (which some refer to as the “Executive Policy Group”), to conducting leadership training and exercises, BMCG can help build on what you’ve already developed and improve your ability to identify and manage the full range of reputational risks.

Institutions of higher education around the world recognize a strong reputation leads to high quality faculty, an edge in recruiting a dynamic student body, supportive and active alumni, a competitive edge in research and grants, and the support of local communities and government authorities. Blue Moon Consulting Group can help you take a proactive approach to protect your institution’s hard earned reputation.

 Members of BMCG’s higher education specialty practice include:

Simon Barker, Managing Partner >

Simon provides issues and crisis management advice and counsel to leadership at universities on a range of issues from fatalities, data breaches, ethical / financial / social issues, and protests. He has also developed over 50 crisis management and crisis communications plans for and led tabletop and functional exercises for organizations in the US, Europe and Asia.

Lynn Tierney, Senior Advisor, Crisis Leadership >

With a career spanning almost 40 years, Lynn is one of the most experienced crisis communications experts in the country. Prior to joining Blue Moon Consulting Group, she was head of communications for the ten campus University of California system.  She was also head of communications for the FAA and served as Deputy Fire Commissioner with the New York City Fire Department during 9/11/01 where she was a member of the top management team that helped lead the city through the rescue and recovery.