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Meeting the needs of tomorrow’s academic leaders.  

Located in the Boston area, steeped in the venerable traditions of academic excellence

Learn more about The Education Alliance

About the Alliance

The Education Alliance is a globally recognized, full-service higher education consulting firm.


The Alliance enables our network of professional colleagues to make a broad range of services available to our clients across the nation and around the world.

The Samels Group

Alliance Prep

Stonegate Alliance

Samels Associates


Alliance Coaching

Our Services

The Education Alliance offers a broad array of services along with a team of experienced practitioners able to offer their expertise in their fields of practice, supported by a wealth of research and market data compiled and analyzed by the Alliance staff.

Education Alliance assessments and recommendations are developed collaboratively to generate the most complete and considered research available in the industry.  The synergistic approach ensures the best possible outcomes for our clients. 

Our People

One of the most noteworthy attributes of The Education Alliance is the connectivity between and among our team of interdisciplinary professionals and our network of clients and associates in the industry.

We bring years of experience in and around the field of education.  We frequently come together with our clients and associates to create new opportunities from shared experiences and objectives.


About the Alliane

Meet The Team


Dr. James E.Samels

President and Founder

Dr. Samels is a globally recognized book author, journalist, and higher education commentator and industry expert with 40 years of thought leadership in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic partnering and creative collaborations.


Arlene L. Lieberman, Esq.

Senior Associate,

Samels Associates

Attorney Lieberman has been practicing law in the field of education for more than 30 years.  Her legal training is a great asset in her work with both Samels Associates and Education Alliance clients.


Jonathan Reinsdorf, Esq.


Stonegate Alliance

Mr. Reinsdorf serves as a senior analyst and advisor to the President.  He brings his many years of experiences with sports management, hospitality, development, technology and philanthropy to the world of higher education. 

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Kevin Carney


Mr. Carney has 21 years of experience as an educator. As a former school superintendent, He brings a depth of experience  that connect student learning in school systems to higher education and industry demands in the regional, state, and global economies.


Dr. Charles Combs

Senior Consultant

Dr. Charles E. Combs served as head of General Education/Liberal Arts at Berklee College of Music for 16 years and Associate Professor/Director of Theatre at Plymouth State College (NH) for 12.years. He brings years of experience with NEASC and accreditation issues to his work with the Alliance.

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Jacob Brewer

Research Associate

Mr. Brewer recently joined The Education Alliance after receiving his B.A. in Economics and Psychology from The University of Chicago. He brings his experiences in behavioral economics and data analysis to his work with the Alliance. 

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