Datatel To Switch Private Equity Sponsors

Hellman & Friedman and JMI Equity have agreed to acquire Datatel Inc., a Fairfax, Va.-based provider of enterprise information management solutions for higher education institutions. No financial terms were disclosed. Sellers include Thoma Bravo, Trident Capital, HarbourVest Partners and JP Morgan Asset Management — which sponsored a management buyout of Datatel in early 2005.


Datatel, the industry’s most experienced provider of higher education software, services and insight, announced today that they reached a definitive agreement to be acquired by Hellman & Friedman LLC.

Hellman & Friedman and its affiliates, co-investor JMI Equity, and Datatel management and employees will purchase the company from current investors Thoma Bravo and its co-investors in the transaction including Trident Capital, HarbourVest Partners and JP Morgan Asset Management. Hellman & Friedman is a leading private equity firm with a focus on investing in superior business franchises.

Following the higher education market’s strong positive reaction to Datatel’s new solutions in the areas of teaching and learning, recruiting, and mobility, Datatel President and CEO John Speer said, “Datatel’s new solutions, strong professional services, and exceptional client relationships coupled with our consistent performance are what attracted Hellman & Friedman to Datatel.” Mr. Speer went on to say, “Datatel will continue to be led by our current executive and management teams and remains focused on delivering strong, compelling solutions for higher education.”

“We are delighted to be part of a company that has out-performed the market,” said David Tunnell, Managing Director of Hellman & Friedman. Anupam Mishra, Director of Hellman & Friedman added, “We see our partnership as an opportunity to support Datatel’s continued success in helping colleges and universities meet their institutional goals.”

“Our partnership with Datatel has been an exceptional experience,” said Orlando Bravo, a Managing Partner of Thoma Bravo. “Together we have substantially increased the value of the company while expanding the solutions and services available to Datatel clients.”

About Datatel, Inc.

Datatel is the most experienced provider of technology products, services, and insight to higher education. Colleges, universities, and technical schools across North America partner with Datatel to build Strategic Academic Enterprises dedicated to achieving student success. The company has focused exclusively on higher education since 1979, and its technology is used by nearly 800 institutions serving more than five million students. For more information, visit