Capstone Headwaters, a leading middle market investment banking firm, advised American Sentinel University (“American Sentinel”), an elite higher education institution providing accredited, high-quality, innovative online advanced degree and certificate programs in high-demand healthcare fields, on its announced sale to Post University (“Post”), a portfolio company of Generation Partners.
American Sentinel University is a leading regionally accredited university, providing online education and professional development to the nursing and healthcare management communities through affordable, flexible bachelor's, master's and doctoral nursing degree programs. American Sentinel is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and its doctoral program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Additionally, American Sentinel is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). American Sentinel also has a division called SentinelU, a proprietary SaaS platform consisting of cutting-edge virtual classroom and digital clinical technologies used in over 200 medical schools in the US & Canada. These virtual simulations empower students to complete community health and leadership practice experiences from their own digital devices.
Upon the consummation of the transaction, American Sentinel University will become the American Sentinel College of Nursing and Health Sciences of Post University. Post University is a regionally accredited university located in Waterbury, Connecticut that has substantial experience in offering online education, including to more than 14,000 current online students.
"We are very pleased about becoming part of Post University and believe this merger is in the best interest of our students to ensure growth and innovation in light of the rapidly changing healthcare and higher education landscape," said Mary Adams, President of American Sentinel University. "While we are a thriving institution today, joining Post University will make us stronger with access to enhanced support, expertise and resources. We believe our students, faculty, staff, healthcare partners and schools using our digital simulations will all benefit from this agreement."
“Capstone’s insightful industry knowledge coupled with their excellent attention to our needs reassured us they were the right partner. They also proved their expertise by keeping both sides on track when it was the toughest job in town,” added Rick Oliver, CEO of American Sentinel University.
Jacob Voorhees, Head of M&A at Capstone, commented,” American Sentinel has one of the strongest reputations globally for online nursing education built by focusing on superior student outcomes. The combination with Post will allow the University to expand its reach to help advance nursing education around the world, which is especially in demand during these trying times.”
"We're eager to be adding American Sentinel's fully online nursing and healthcare programs to our program offerings," said John L. Hopkins, President and CEO of Post University. "The addition of American Sentinel's programs, administration, faculty and infrastructure as a division of Post University will allow the leveraging of strengths and talents to create additional educational opportunities for current and future students. We feel there are already so many great synergies such as affordability, a commitment to innovation in online education and technology, as well as offering unmatched personalized student support. We are excited for the future."