The Team

Principal Executives


 

Dr. John J. McGrath

Dr. John J. McGrath

Chairman of the Board of Directors, CEO & President

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Curriculum Vitae

Dr. John J. McGrath is the Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of American Collegiate Acquisitions, Inc. (ACA) and the President of Empire Education Corporation, which owns Mildred Elley College with campuses in New York and Massachusetts. He is a Higher Educational Expert and Business Executive with experience in academic administration including being the Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, President, Assistant Vice President, Campus Dean, Department Chairman, Distinguished Professor, and Professor at multiple colleges.

 

Dr. Jay Sexter

Dr. Jay Sexter

Board of Directors and Executive Vice President of ACA

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Entrepreneur and Chief Executive Officer who started and ran four Osteopathic Medical Schools for Touro College.  President of Mercy College who increased enrollment from 4,800 to over 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students and, in addition, increased endowments from $6M to $28M.

David F. Carney

David F. Carney

Vice President for Development at ACA

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Entrepreneur, and former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lincoln Educational Services Corporation which is traded on the Nasdaq stock exchange. Under Dave’s leadership, Lincoln grew from 13 schools in 6 states to over 40 campuses in 17 states. He was also formerly the President and CEO of Boston Education Corporation.

David J. Duffy

David J. Duffy

Chief Financial Officer for ACA

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Former Chief Financial Officer of EVCI Career Colleges Holding Company and former Chief Financial Officer of Edison Learning. Extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and raising capital from investors. 

Stephen R. Sugrue, ESQ.

Stephen R. Sugrue, ESQ.

Board of Directors and General Counsel of ACA

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Business attorney specializing in corporate transactional work and litigation. Practice includes representation of colleges.

John McGrath, Jr.

John McGrath, Jr.

Associate Vice President of Finance for ACA

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Expert in financial modeling, budgetary projections, analytics, and expected return on investments. MBA in Innovation and New Venture Management and Budget Manager at Babson College, MA.

Team Consultants


Larry E. Lenig

Larry E. Lenig

Senior Consultant for ACA

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Entrepreneur with diverse experience and successful track record in initiating and completing complex transactions, including acquisitions, restructuring and managing organizations for growth and through change. Former Senior Partner of highly successful Private Equity Company. Former CEO of a New York Stock Exchange company.

Dr. Donald Grunewald

Dr. Donald Grunewald

Senior Consultant for ACA

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Entrepreneur and former President of Mercy College, NY. Started four Branch Campuses and increased enrollment over 80 percent during tenure as President of Mercy College. Doctorate in Business Administration from Harvard University.

Stanford B. Silverman

Stanford B. Silverman

Senior Consultant for ACA

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President of Silverbetty, Inc, which is the largest proprietary school advertising company in the United States.  As a Senior Consultant to ACA, Stan assists in due diligence of potential college acquisitions specifically related to marketing, advertising and admissions to evaluate revenue generation and potential return on investment.

Richard Goldenberg

Richard Goldenberg

Senior Consultant for ACA

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Financial turnaround expert who successfully took a company public on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange and raised $90M for EVCI Career Colleges and $70M for Celadon Group.

Team Attorneys


Marjorie N. Kaye, Esq.

Marjorie N. Kaye, Esq.

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Marjorie N. Kaye is an attorney who has extensive experience in representing college employment matters and contracts along with a highly successful litigation practice.

Steven M. Gombos, Esq.

Steven M. Gombos, Esq.

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College regulatory compliance attorney with the law firm of Ritzert and Leyton which specializes in postsecondary education law.  Steve is an expert litigator highly experienced in accreditation and acquisition / business transactions. He is central to any acquisition or merger opportunity contemplated by ACA.

Peter I. Reiter, Esq.

Peter I. Reiter, Esq.

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Real estate attorney with the law firm of Romer Debbas.  Peter helps ACA conduct due diligence on real estate opportunities and risks related to acquisitions and/or mergers.