Senior Executive Search Consultant
Dr. E. Ann Bailey has 25 years of experience working in higher education and brings her extensive knowledge of leadership roles to serve G/A&A as a senior executive search consultant. Previously serving as the director of Housing and Residence Life, the interim assistant vice president in the Division of Student Affairs and the assistant director for Residence Life at Mississippi State University, Dr. Bailey has background in multiple areas, including: enrollment management, admissions, student recruitment, occupancy management, university health services and auxiliary services. Dr. Bailey's work has been published in various scholarly journals and primarily focuses on the adjustment of students to college life, as well as the role of the chief housing officer in higher education. Dr. Bailey received a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Mississippi State University, an M.S. in higher education administration from Florida State University and a B.S. in counseling and guidance from the University of Montevallo.
Senior Executive Search Consultant & Practice Leader for Library and Information Science
Shelley Sullivan Feather has facilitated over 80 higher education searches, for positions ranging from presidents to department chairs. She joined G/A&A as a researcher and advanced to executive search consultant. Shelley brings her background in library science to her work as head of the G/A&A practice in library searches. She has assisted numerous organizations ranging from colleges to multi-institutional and multi-state library consortia with searches for chief library positions. Her leadership in library searches builds on her previous career working in public library systems. She served as assistant director, head of acquisitions as well as head of media and technology. She chaired the selection committee of a state-wide library information system currently in use in Florida's specialized state libraries. She has participated in the planning, construction and opening of two state-of-the-art library buildings. Feather holds a B.A from the University of Kentucky and an M.L.S. degree from the University of Alabama.
Senior Executive Search Consultant & Practice Leader for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Marion Frenche has worked in executive search since 1998 and has managed searches with three international executive search firms. She joined GA&A as its first team member when the firm was founded by Greenwood and Asher in 2004. In her executive search career, Frenche has completed over 500 searches for executives in higher education, K-12, health care, academic medicine, and information technology. These positions have been in public and private higher education institutions and system offices, K-12 schools and systems, academic health and health care organizations, and nonprofits. She also has considerable search experience serving mission-driven organizations such as associations and foundations and in higher education board development. Ms. Frenche is recognized by the Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) as a 2021 “Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Influencer – US and Canada”. This distinction recognizes 50 professionals in the workforce solutions ecosystem throughout North America for their commitment to move the diversity mission forward. Frenche serves as practice leader for diversity, equity, and inclusion. In this role, she spearheads G/A&A’s service to minority and first-generation serving institutions and organizations. She is proud of the high number of diversity officers that she has placed in a range of colleges and universities across the country and the number of historically black colleges and universities for which she has provided executive search placements. Her prior experience is in property management of executive share office suites and in managed care with a national HMO. She conducted educational presentations, workshops, and seminars on managed care and established and maintained contractual relationships with hospitals and physicians in Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland. She has presented at national conferences and professional meetings on the search process, with particular emphasis on the nature of the search process for minority candidates. Frenche works with the firm’s partners on search and firm responsibilities, including developing consultants, researchers and administrative assistants and referencing specialists and quality control. She contributes to new client engagement, business development, and building relationships with clients.
Senior Executive Search Consultant
Patricia Gibbs brings to executive search deep experience from a career in higher education. She served in leadership positions in sponsored research, institutional advancement, development and assessment. She has been an adjunct faculty member in the social sciences. Her roles have ranged from vice chancellor to program assistant, so she understands leadership from many perspectives within academe. Pat has served on committees ranging from curriculum, grievance, honors council, international programs, library, business and finance planning, SACS reaccreditation, to the Chancellor's cabinet, academic executive council and academic affairs planning council. Gibbs has facilitated searches for mid-level managers, deans and senior leaders of colleges and universities. She is particularly invested in searches relating to schools/colleges of education, research management, enrollment management and institutional advancement. Gibbs holds a B.S. and M.S. from Elizabeth City State University and an M.S.W. from Norfolk State University, both in social work, and an Ed.D. in higher education administration from George Washington University.
Executive Search Consultant
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Susan Hall brings over 40 years of higher education experience to her role as an executive search specialist for G/A&A. She is a retired community college administrator and an experienced online distance educator/trainer. For the past 25 years, she has served in a variety of human resource positions assuming progressively more responsibility. Her roles included chief talent officer, associate vice chancellor/chief learning & training officer, assistant vice chancellor/executive district director of human resources, and others. Susan has led system-wide initiatives in the areas of strategic planning for distance learning, executive level search and recruitment, faculty diversity and advancement, employee engagement, performance management, and policy development/alignment. She also has 15 years of teaching experience at graduate and undergraduate levels. Susan earned a B.A. from Dallas Baptist University and an M.A. from Amber University. She is a senior certified professional as recognized by the Society of Human Resources Management.
Senior Executive Search Consultant & Website and Social Media Specialist
Ashley Hice uses her broad knowledge and experience within higher education to serve G/A&A as a senior executive search consultant. Previously working for the vice chancellor of institutional advancement as the executive communications specialist at the University of Pittsburgh, Hice has acquired the skill set to create diverse candidate pools for searches and communicate efficiently with the clients and candidates to ensure all their needs are met. Part of her responsibilities include outreach to potential candidates, presenting candidates for review of search committees, managing the interview process, referencing finalists and ensuring clients achieve search closure. During her time at Youngstown State University, Hice shared her passion for community outreach by serving as the officer of community service, where she was tasked with organizing events, recruiting volunteers and promoting community service projects. Hice received a B.S. in business administration with a focus on public relations and marketing from Youngstown State University.
Senior Executive Search Consultant & Practice Leader for Research Institutions
Julie Holley serves G/A&A as a senior executive search consultant. She applies to her search work a broad knowledge of education and nonprofits and of all aspects of search processes. In her search work, she puts particular emphasis on identifying and recruiting world-class leaders for presidential searches and the nuances of referencing these leaders. Julie has successfully completed hundreds of searches, many at the president level. While she has conducted searches in the full range of higher education organizations, she particularly focuses on searches at AAU and high extensive research and doctoral institutions. She has a track record of recruiting world-renowned leaders into positions of president, chancellor, provost and dean. She also has extensive experience conducting searches for cabinet level positions. Julie specializes in searches for positions relating to her legal background, including law dean and general counsel positions and other legal-related positions in higher education. Another area of specialization is positions relating to internationalization and global affairs.
Executive Search Consultant and Business Development Specialist
Kurt Keppler brings over 35 years of educational expertise to his work as an executive search consultant, search manager and business development specialist for G/A&A. Most recently, Dr. Keppler served Louisiana State University in a variety of administrative roles including vice president for student life & enrollment services, vice president for student affairs and special assistant to the president. Prior to that, he served as vice president for student affairs at Valdosta State University and associate vice president & dean of students at Georgia State University. Keppler also held various positions with progressive responsibilities at Virginia Commonwealth University and the University Missouri-Columbia. He has held several leadership positions with NASPA/Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, including, president, conference chair, foundation board member, and institute chair. Keppler is a recipient of NASPA's Fred Turner Award, the association's highest recognition for service to the profession. Keppler was also named a Pillar of the Profession. He has presented over 100 workshops, seminars and conference sessions at state, regional and national conferences in the last 15 years. Dr. Keppler received a Ph.D. in higher and adult education administration and educational and counseling psychology, an M.S. in public and community services from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a B.S. in recreation and park administration from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.
Senior Executive Search Consultant
Lauren McCaghren brings fourteen years of experience in higher education to her work as a senior executive search consultant for G/A&A. Prior to joining G/A&A, Lauren served in advancement roles at University of Mobile, Samford University, Catholic University of America and George Washington University. Lauren has a broad background in advancement, including work with alumni relations, annual giving, stewardship and volunteer management. She has also served in roles outside advancement, including serving as an adjunct faculty member and alumni director in a law school. Lauren uses her broad experience and connections in higher education to identify uniquely qualified individuals and ensure successful search closures within a range of leadership levels. She is passionate about exceeding client expectations and putting in place exceptional candidates to lead institutions forward. Lauren earned a B.A. in journalism/mass communications from Samford University and an M.A. in higher education administration from The University of Alabama.
Executive Search Specialist
As an executive search specialist for G/A&A, Deni McJenkins is committed to helping our clients identify, attract, and hire qualified and diverse candidates for leadership positions in higher education. Deni provides support throughout the search process by researching and developing recruiting leads, defining position descriptions and document specifications, assessing candidates to ensure qualification match and compatibility, facilitating candidate interviews and following up with references. Deni has also served G/A&A as a research associate where she acquired a breadth of experience and knowledge in executive search. She has 10 years of teaching experience in K-12 and several years of administrative experience in real estate. She received her B.A. in interdisciplinary social sciences from University of West Florida, with a focus in psychology and education.