Our Team

The Altus Advisory Partners leadership team has more than five decades of combined experience serving colleges and universities across the country.

Scott Lurding


Scott Lurding is the founder of Altus Advisory Partners. He has more than 20 years of experience serving as a trusted advisor to institutions of higher learning across the full spectrum of institutional designation. He also serves as a partner of Altus Investment Banking and was previously a partner with Chessiecap, Inc. and its FINRA registered broker dealer. Prior to Altus Advisory Partners, he served as the Associate Secretary (Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer) of the Phi Beta Kappa Society national office for ten years. He held a management role with CEB (now Gartner) and was on the executive team of two entrepreneurial health care companies. Early in his career, Scott served as an analyst at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris and he was a consultant at Accenture. Scott is the author of a Harvard Business School case study about an entrepreneurial healthcare company and has been a guest lecturer at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Scott received a BA in English from Indiana University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is FINRA registered Series 7, 24 and 63.

Bill Bavin


Bill Bavin is a partner at Altus. He has more than three decades of financial, business, and management experience, and has founded two specialized investment banking firms in the Washington, DC area. For nearly thirty years, he has specialized in advising educational institutions, companies, and investors on capital formation, mergers & acquisitions, divestitures, valuation, and strategy.

His practice includes all facets of the education market across the life-long learning continuum, including content companies, education service providers, and infrastructure. In 1998, Mr. Bavin co-founded Education Capital, LLC, which provided capital market solutions, sophisticated transaction advice, and sound consulting services to scores of emerging and middle-market education companies. Mr. Bavin co-founded and served as Managing Partner of the Washington Corporation and its predecessor, Education Capital Partners, merging the company with Chessiecap in 2013.

He began his career in the education industry as an equity analyst at Ferris, Baker Watts, and then developed the corporate finance practice at Education Securities, a Sallie Mae company. Prior to his concentration on the education industry, he was a generalist with significant experience in a broad range of industries and financial instruments. Mr. Bavin received his B.A. in History from the University of Virginia and his M.B.A. from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He is FINRA registered Series 7, 24, 63 and 79.

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