Thunderbird Business School Tries to Calm Dissent Over Deal With For-Profit

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The Thunderbird School of Global Management, based in Arizona, announced in March its pending partnership with Laureate Education Inc. Several board members have since resigned, and alumni are protesting the alliance.

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The Thunderbird School of Global Management, based in Arizona, announced in March its pending partnership with Laureate Education Inc. Several board members have since resigned, and alumni are protesting the alliance.

As alumni and a handful of board members of the Thunderbird School of Global Management protest the independent institution's pending alliance with the for-profit company Laureate Education Inc., top leaders of the Arizona-based business school are trying to counter the dissent by painting a clearer picture of just how badly the struggling institution needs a boost.

Five trustees have bolted from Thunderbird since the $66-million deal was announced, in March, saying the relationship