Senior Executive Search Consultant
Jeanie Andrews brings exceptional experience to executive search having served on “both sides of the executive search fence” as a senior executive search consultant for G/A&A and in her roles supporting successful execution of searches at Penn State University. Andrews’ unique understanding of higher education and her well-developed networks translate into insightful support and service to clients as well as development of high quality, diverse candidate pools. Andrews has had 30 years of experience working in higher education in varied roles with progressively more responsibility at Penn State University, including most recently as Executive Director of Operations and Administration in The Graduate School. During her career at Penn State, her roles allowed her to develop expertise in labor relations, academic human resources, executive searches, board governance, and executive and administrative operations. From 2007-2013, while in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, she focused on human resources matters related to academic affairs, including providing institutional oversight of the promotion and tenure process as well as administrative leadership for all executive searches for positions reporting directly to the president or provost. In 2013, she assumed the position of director of the Office of the Board of Trustees, ensuring short- and long-term governance planning were in alignment with Board and leadership expectations. During this time, she also provided administrative oversight and support for the search that culminated in the naming of Penn State’s 18th president. Andrews received a B.S. in business administration, with an emphasis on human resources and industrial psychology, from Penn State University.
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.
K-12 Education Consultant
Jane Drennan’s experience as a teacher and building, district, and charter school leader in K-12 public schools in Minnesota, Georgia, and Ohio prepared her for success as a senior executive search consultant with Greenwood/Asher & Associates. The focus of her leadership has always been equity-focused, including identifying diverse groups of highly qualified candidates for roles within organizations. She is committed to identifying and supporting leaders that reflect the unique backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives of students and their communities. As the “founding principal” for two new schools, she worked collaboratively with employees and the community resulting in being selected by the local teachers’ association as Principal of the Year. Drennan has an education specialist-6th year certificate equivalency and a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Winona State University, Winona, MN; a Bachelor of Music from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; and is certified as an executive coach through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (i.e., iPEC).
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, Project Manager & Talent Development Specialist
Ashley Hice uses her broad knowledge and experience within higher education to serve G/A&A as a senior executive search consultant, project manager and talent development specialist. 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
Maggie Mayes works in collaboration with clients and candidates to support a personalized and transparent search process in her role as an executive search consultant. Mayes possesses deep knowledge of higher education and exceptional research skills in finding uniquely qualified candidates for executive leadership roles. Before joining Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Maggie taught at Central Michigan University’s School of Broadcast & Cinematic Arts. Through her ten years of teaching experience, Maggie has built strong networks and valuable context that supports success in her role as an executive search consultant.
Maggie holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Colorado State University and a master’s degree in Broadcast & Cinematic Arts from Central Michigan University. Currently, as a Ph.D. candidate in the Educational Leadership Program at Central Michigan University, Maggie is ABD. Her dissertation topic, News Media Literacy and Civically Engaged College Students, combines her passions for higher education and media.
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.