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.
Robert L. Caret is chancellor emeritus of the University System of Maryland (USM). He joined the USM as chancellor on July 1, 2015, was officially inaugurated as its fourth chancellor on November 19, 2015, and stepped down on January 5, 2020. Currently, Dr. Caret consults with a variety of organizations in the higher education arena including Greenwood/Asher & Associates. Dr. Caret’s extensive networks and deep understanding of the issues related to higher education make him an excellent advisor and resource to institutions hiring their next executive leader.
While Dr. Caret was chancellor at USM, the system increased enrollment to more than 176,000 students and awarded more than 42,000 degrees—including 75 percent or more of Maryland’s bachelor’s degrees--per year. During his tenure, USM also expanded its role as an economic engine for the state of Maryland and continued to build its reputation for academic and research excellence. USM institutions, faculty, students, and graduates attracted more than $1.4 billion in federal and privately funded research dollars in FY 2018.
Before joining USM as chancellor, Dr. Caret was president of the University of Massachusetts System (UMass) from 2011 until 2015, president of Towson University (TU) from 2003 to 2011, and president of San Jose State University (SJSU) from 1995 to 2003. He also served as a faculty member, dean, executive vice president, and provost during his more than 25-year tenure at Towson. Dr. Caret’s accomplishments include but are not limited to creating positive and productive partnerships with government, business, non-profit, and civic organizations; raising student graduation rates; emphasizing efficiency and cost saving initiatives; and completing a capital fundraising and building campaign to support campus infrastructure improvements.
Active in the national higher education community, Dr. Caret recently served as chair of both the National Association of System Heads and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Board of Directors. He also has recently served on the board of Business-Higher Education Forum, Southern Regional Higher Education Board, Higher Ed for Higher Standards Board of Advisors, and the Government University Industry Research Roundtable.
Dr. Caret holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of New Hampshire and a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Suffolk University in Boston.
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.