Consultant

Andrea Cowsert is responsible for assisting the lead consultants with research functions, preparing written documents for searches, and providing assistance to the lead consultants during committee meetings and neutral site interviews.

Vice President for Consulting Operations and Senior Consultant

Andrea Warren Hamos is Vice President for Consulting Operations and Senior Consultant at Academic Search. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Hamos served for five years as Associate Director, and subsequently Interim Director, of the American Council on Education’s (ACE)Emerging Leaders Group and the ACE Fellows Program. 

Senior Consultant

Dr. Ann Die Hasselmo is President Emerita of the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI) in Washington, D.C., having served as the founding president of AALI.

Senior Consultant

Caroline Whitson joined Academic Search in 2012. She has served as a senior consultant to committees in several searches for presidents and vice presidents for academic affairs at both public and private universities.

Associate Consultant

Christopher N. Butler, an Associate Consultant, is responsible for assisting the lead consultants with research functions, preparing written documents for searches, recruiting and evaluation of applicants, and providing assistance to the lead consultants during committee meetings and neutral site interviews.

Marketing and Creative Consultant

Danielle Groves has an extensive background working within higher education institutions in creative marketing and public relations roles. Since 2011, she has been owner of On Pointe Communications and Design, serving clients whose needs range from copywriting, editing, graphic design, social media management, website management and more.

Associate Consultant

Disa Mason has assisted over ninety searches since 2005, including those for president, senior officers, and deans of business, law, and education.

Senior Consultant

Dr. Eric Richtmyer joined Academic Search in 2014. Prior to joining the firm Dr. Richtmyer taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Colorado Mesa University, Concordia University-Saint Paul, and the University of Minnesota. 

Senior Consultant

Jack R. Ohle served in positions of leadership at leading colleges and universities of higher education for more than 40 years. He served in Vice Presidential positions at Nebraska Wesleyan University and Drake University for a combined 22 years.

Senior Consultant

Jacqueline Woods joined Academic Search as a senior consultant in 2012. She has assisted multiple search committees on conducting both public and private sector cabinet level searches (deans to presidents) for community colleges, four year public colleges and universities and for higher education associations.

Senior Consultant

Dr. Jerry Israel is the former president of the University of Indianapolis and Morningside College and a veteran higher education leader with a wide array of expertise.

Senior Consultant

Dr. Jessica Kozloff has been a senior consultant with Academic Search since July, 2008. She served as president of the firm from July, 2011 to June 30, 2017. Since joining Academic Search, she has served as Lead Consultant for over 50 presidential, cabinet level and dean searches.

Senior Consultant

John B. Hicks is a veteran university administrator with a long record of guiding highly successful searches for public and private institutions nationwide. 

Senior Consultant

John F. Williams most recently served as the 16th president of SUNY Downstate Medical Center as well as professor of anesthesiology, critical care medicine, and public health at Downstate.

Senior Consultant

Kate Nolde brings to her clients a deep knowledge of the complete life cycle of the search process, and a consultative style that emphasizes listening, inclusion, transparency, and persistence.

Director of Technology and Research Services

Kelly Frazier, Director of Technology and Research Services, is responsible for the overall planning, organizing, and execution of all IT functions at Academic Search.

President and Senior Consultant

Dr. L. Jay Lemons became president of Academic Search in 2017, after serving for 25 years as a college president in both public and private higher education. A recognized leader in the academy, Lemons has been particularly devoted to supporting leadership talent by working with new college presidents on the faculty of the new presidents’ programs of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and through the professional development programs for aspiring leaders of the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI).

Associate Consultant

Lauren Makucin Merriam joined Academic Search in December 2016. She previously served in positions related to student advising and fundraising at several New England institutions.

Associate Consultant

Lisa C. Rosenberg joins Academic Search as an Associate Consultant. Lisa spent 14 years at the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) in various roles, including Director of Research and Associate Director for Consulting Services.

Senior Consultant

Mac A. Stewart recently retired from the position of special assistant to the president for diversity and vice provost at The Ohio State University, following a long career of senior level administrative positions in higher education.

Associate Consultant

Marcie Pecora has assisted a wide array of searches, from traditional vice presidential searches to more specialized searches for information technology and international programs officers. 

Senior Consultant

Maya Ranchod Kirkhope has worked in higher education for the past twenty years and specifically with presidents and governing boards for the past ten years. 

Senior Consultant

Ms. Suttenfield is an accomplished, nationally regarded higher education executive who brings diverse experience and insights based on nearly 25 years as a chief financial officer at several leading public and private research universities and the nation’s foremost museum complex.

Senior Consultant

Dr. Balch has had leadership experience in both the private and public sectors of higher education. She retired on December 31, 2016 as President of West Virginia Wesleyan College after serving in that role for 10.5 years.

Associate Consultant

With more than 12 years of experience at both public and private institutions---at the community college, four-year and graduate levels--- Penny brings diverse knowledge in recruitment, enrollment, advising, marketing, retention and student success.

Senior Consultant

Dr. R. Stanton Hales joined Academic Search as senior consultant in 2007, and in his consulting work he has focused on searches at independent institutions.

Assistant Director of Research Services and Associate Consultant

Michael joined Academic Search in 2017. Michael assists senior consultants on searches in the Associate Consultant role. In the Research Services role, Michael is responsible for social media outlets for the firm.

Associate Consultant

Shally Wise, an Associate Consultant, is responsible for assisting the lead consultants with research functions as well as other administrative related aspects of the search process.

Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Shawn M. Hartman is the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Shawn oversees the business and administration functions of the firm. 

Senior Consultant

Dr. Shirley Pippins joined Academic Search in 2016 as a senior consultant.

Senior Consultant

Dr. Tessa Martinez Pollack has 42 years of experience in public and private higher education. 

Senior Consultant

Dr. Wanda D. Bigham, Senior Consultant, joined the firm in 2011 and has assisted public and private colleges and universities with over 30 national searches for presidents, vice presidents, and deans.

Vice President and Senior Consultant

Mr. Howard joined Academic Search as Vice President and Senior Consultant in June of 2015, after serving most recently as a Senior Vice Chancellor for the State University of New York system administration for four years.