Speaker: Dennis Gephardt
Affiliation: Moody’s Investors Services Inc.
Title: Vice President-Senior Analyst
About Dennis Gephardt:
Dennis is a Vice President on Moody’s Higher Education/Other Not-for-Profits ratings team. He is a member of rating committee for the higher education, not-for-profit, healthcare and states rating teams and has direct analytical responsibility for a diverse portfolio of institutions, including large public university systems, complex academic medical centers and nationally prominent not-for-profit organizations throughout the United States.
Dennis joined Moody’s Public Finance Group in July 2003. Dennis has authored several publications including those on donor support for higher education, tuition pricing, and liquidity as well as the rating methodology for not-for-profit cultural institutions.
Dennis graduated from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University with an M.B.A. Prior to business school, he worked in Tallahassee at the Florida Governor’s Mansion in a museum management role. He has also worked with the National Association of Charter School Authorizers in Alexandria, Virginia and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Virginia. Dennis holds a B.A. and an M.A. in History from the New College of Florida and the College of William and Mary, respectively.
Track: General session – Room 236
Topic: Innovation in University Financing
Join a panel representing three perspectives regarding financing of sustainability projects for educational institutions. Kevin Byrne, Dennis Gephardt, and Jay Bellwoar will cover many topics including: debt capacity and the credit impact of financing sustainability projects, the importance of partner choice in the financing of projects using energy services companies, the reality or myth of Green Bonds and the importance of allocating resources to non-glamourous projects such as aging infrastructure. TUFF’s President Kevin Byrne will also discuss the importance of ingenuity in third-party financing of sustainable projects.