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About the Episode

The what's what...

Join President Ian Mortimer as he delves into important considerations for exploring M&A strategies and innovative, alternative pathways for success. In this episode you will learn about:

  • Reasons why certain mergers don’t pan out 
  • The tradeoff of balancing rational and emotional facets of mergers.
  • Options such as leveraging shared resources to navigate merger complexities.
  • The need to explore alternative and innovative educational models.

About the Podcast

Kin Sejpal

Host

Kin Sejpal

Kinnari “Kin” Sejpal is the Vice President of Marketing and Communications/Chief Marketing Officer at University of Redlands where she oversees brand management, enrollment marketing, and communications and digital teams. Before joining Redlands, Kin served as the Associate Vice President, Marketing and Creative Services at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Among her many accomplishments there, Kin developed RIT’s brand strategy and launched its first national reputation campaign. Kin started her career in the U.S. by joining Purdue University’s Office of Marketing and Media where she held progressively responsible roles in the areas of advertising, marketing strategy, and marketing intelligence. Dedicated to advancing higher education and the importance of marketing in shaping the perception of our industry, Kin serves in prominent positions with CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) and AMA (American Marketing Association). Kin has an M.B.A in Marketing and Strategic Management, and an M.A. in Communications from Purdue University.

Ian Mortimer

Interviewee

Ian Mortimer

Dr. Ian Mortimer is the founding president of the Golisano Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship. Launched in the fall of 2024, the Golisano Institute provides an entrepreneurially-grounded business education, within a two-year timeframe, that culminates in high-skills business employment, new business development, coaching, and joint degree options with schools such as Syracuse University. The Institute is financially supported by the generosity of B. Thomas Golisano, Entrepreneur and Founder of Paychex, which ensures that all motivated students can access a high-quality business education. Prior to initiating the Golisano Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship, Ian held senior-level enrollment and planning leadership positions at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Nazareth College, and Champlain College. In each of these experiences, improved market position and enrollment growth was achieved. In addition, early career experiences include technology consulting, product development, and professional services management at small start-ups and large technology firms. While at St. Bonaventure University, Ian earned a B.A. in English and a M.S.Ed. in Counseling Psychology and learned college admissions work. In addition, Ian holds an MBA from the Saunders College of Business at RIT and a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from LeBow College of Business at Drexel University.

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