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September 26, 2023

Higher Digital Deepens Partnerships to Serve Private Higher Education Institutions

Announcing Higher Digital as Business Affiliate with Higher Education Systems & Services (HESS) Consortium and the Coalition for College Cost Savings 

[McLean, VA, 26 September 2023] Higher Digital is pleased to announce they are a Business Affiliate partner of the HESS Consortium and the Coalition for College Cost Savings. With more than five years of previous collaboration with the HESS Consortium, Higher Digital’s move builds on a strong history of engagement with members of the HESS Consortium, including CIOs, CFOs and other executive leadership of private, non-profit higher education institutions. Through these partnerships, Higher Digital can share best practices in change management and digital transformation with higher education institutions at a pivotal time, as they work to address numerous challenges to effectively serve all stakeholders, including students, faculty and governance boards.  

“Higher Digital offers Change Management as a Service in a model that fits the digital transformation and resource efficiency needs of institutions of any size, including private, non-profit colleges and universities served by the HESS Consortium,” explained Wayne Bovier, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Higher Digital. “We are excited to work closely with the HESS Consortium and Coalition for College Cost Savings to help institutions successfully evolve their processes and systems by sharing best practices and enabling access to innovative technology and change management methodology.” 

“Higher Digital’s team of change management experts and innovative approach presents our member institutions with a faster and more successful solution to help CIO’s improve project outcomes to modernize their ERP,” commented Keith Fowlkes, Executive Director and co-founder of HESS Consortium. “We appreciate the partnership we’ve had over the past 5 years and look forward to Higher Digital offering more value to our members as a Business Affiliate.” 

HESS members can learn more about Higher Digital and its unique Change Management as a Service (CMaaS) approach in several ways:  

  • Register and attend the 03 October webinar titled “The Future of Change Management in Higher Education”  
  • Meet with experts from Higher Digital, a Gold Business Partner Sponsor for the 2023 HESS Consortium National Conference, 15-16 November in Louisville, KY, USA 
  • Visit for more information about our CMaaS model 

About Higher Digital  
Higher Digital is a digital transformation company that provides consulting, software, and data benchmarking tools to significantly reduce the time and cost for higher education executives to assess, plan, and measure their technology strategies. Higher Digital is headquartered in Tysons Corner, Virginia, and has offices in London, UK and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.  

About HESS Consortium 
The Higher Education Systems & Services Consortium or “The HESS Consortium” is a fully incorporated 501c3 non-profit, membership-governed organization.  The HESS Consortium Board of Directors consists of CIOs, CFOs and other technology leadership from our national membership. The HESS Consortium is primarily a community of practice among CIOs and CFOs in private, non-profit higher education. One of the major focuses is on collectively lowering costs and increasing collaboration between specifically private colleges and universities in the area of administrative systems and services. For more information, go to 

About Coalition for College Cost Savings
The Coalition’s mission is to support state-level higher education member organizations by creating collaborative opportunities for their member colleges and universities to transform processes, reduce cost, and increase efficiencies. Their goal is to leverage the collective buying power of private colleges to reduce operating costs, streamline operations and ultimately lower the cost of delivering education. For more information, go to 


Media Contact 
Hilary Longo, Marketing Lead for Higher Digital