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Robert Lytle

Partner and Co-Head Education Practice at The Parthenon Group

Greater Boston Area
Management Consulting
  1. Bain & Company,
  2. US Army
  1. Dartmouth College - The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

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Dartmouth College - The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

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I co-lead the Education Practice at The Parthenon Group, with a focus on global education markets. For more than 15 years, I've led client engagements on general strategy, profit improvement, and investment due diligence across nearly all education sub-sectors. Current and past clients include high-growth companies, publicly listed Global 100 companies, financial investors, and international governments. I've participated in numerous high-profile corporate turnarounds, mergers, divestitures, and privatizations in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia.

I am a frequent speaker and discussion moderator at leading global forums in the education sector. Some of my recent speaking engagements include:

Apr. 2014 | ASU+GSV Education Innovation Summit | Moderated Panel “Dream Again: Can Big EDU Brands Adapt to New Realities?” | Video:
Feb 2014 | EIDays Summit | Presented "What is Next in K-12? Digital is Coming!"
Jan. 2014 | Capital Roundtable MasterClass | Presented "Effectively Partnering with Higher Education Institutions" | Video:

The presentation materials from these conferences, and additional thought leadership, can be found below in “Publications.” In addition, I've written, contributed to, or commented in the following articles:

Apr. 2014 | The Boston Globe | “Attracting, and Keeping, Online Students” |
Feb. 2014 | The Washington Post | "Graham Holdings Looks Abroad for Future Without Buffett & Post" |
Feb. 2014 | Sloan-C Blog | " Managing the Mooc Momentum" |
Jul. 2013 | The Economist | "The Attack of the Moocs" |

For questions regarding my recent thought leadership, speaking engagements or media inquiries, please contact me at or 617.478.7096.


What is Next in K-12 - Digital is Coming!(Link)

Parthenon Perspectives
February 2014

In this presentation, Robert shares Parthenon’s Perspectives on what is on the horizon for K-12, presenting key considerations to make the move from print to digital. Robert presented these perspectives at the Education Industry Days Summit in Washington, DC.

Effectively Partnering with Higher Education Institutions(Link)

Parthenon Perspectives
January 2014

What questions should a higher education institution ask themselves when deciding whether or not to partner with outside providers? Robert presented these perspectives at The Capital Roundtable MasterClass: Private Equity Investing in For-Profit Education Companies in New York, NY.

Managing the MOOC Momentum(Link)

Parthenon Perspectives
November 2013

In this Infographic, Robert shares Parthenon’s Perspectives identifying four strategic considerations for leaders in higher education to consider about the momentum of the MOOC.

Organizing for Success in Quality Online Education(Link)

Parthenon Perspectives
November 2013

At the 2013 Sloan Consortium, Robert and fellow Parthenon Partner Seth Reynolds presented key considerations for Higher Education institutions as they evaluate and expand their offerings online.


Thriving in a Challenging Environment: Pathways to Growth for Colleges and Universities(Link)

Parthenon Perspectives
July 2013

In this presentation, Robert shares Parthenon’s latest Perspectives on strategies for growth for Colleges and Universities. Mr. Lytle presented these perspectives with his keynote speech at PlattForm’s InnovateEDU Conference in Kansas City, MO.

The Regulatory Dust Has Settled, But Will For-Profit Enrollments Rise Again?(Link)

Parthenon Perspectives
March 2013

In this presentation, Robert reviews the current state of the for-profit education market, and key steps for the sector to get back on to a growth trajectory for the future. Mr. Lytle presented these findings at Credit Suisse Global Services Conference, in Phoenix, Arizona.

Online Models in Post-Secondary Education: Why? How? Are They Working?(Link)

Parthenon Perspectives
March 2013

There are a few key strategic questions university leaders need to ask themselves in order to establish a clear and successful online operational model. In this presentation from The American Council on Education’s Annual Meeting, Robert Lytle explores these questions, and the shared key motivators for embracing online education.


Partner and Co-Head Education Practice

The Parthenon Group
– Present (15 years 3 months)


Bain & Company
(4 years)


US Army
(4 years)


  • Mergers
  • Due Diligence
  • Economics
  • Private Equity
  • Corporate Development


University of Pennsylvania

BSEconomics, Finance

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