Co-Founder, Greenwood Asher & Associates and Vice President & Managing Partner, Kelly
Betty Asher was one of the first women to serve as president of a flagship institution. As a search consultant she has helmed more than 500 searches, most at the president/CEO level. Having worked up through the ranks, she understands education and organizations from the bottom to the top. She began her career in higher education as a clinical counselor and career advisor, an interest that has woven through her career. Asher worked in a department of counselor education and held various roles in the vice president for student affairs office including vice president at two institutions, University of Cincinnati and Arizona State University. Further, she was an associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at the system level. As president, her accomplishments included creating an academic plan, improving student quality, increasing funding and fundraising, and enhancing research productivity. All of this experience gives her a broad understanding of the responsibilities for college and university leaders. She also was active as president of a consulting and training services firm.
Dr. Asher has been honored in many ways. She along with G/A&A co-founder Jan Greenwood, Ph.D., and other search colleagues have been awarded the American Council on Education’s Donna Shavlik Advancement of Women Award that recognizes “women who have shaped the executive search process and significantly contributed to women's equitable representation across the leadership pipeline."…Also stating that "they have been critical players in moving the needle for women in higher education leadership and shaping the executive search process, practices, and landscape."
Examples with particular meaning for her include Eastern Kentucky University’s award of the Honorary Doctor of Laws; the city of Tempe, Arizona, naming her a “Woman of Distinction;” Arizona’s State’s diversity award; and the American College Personnel Association citing her for “Outstanding Service.” Another point of pride is the number of diverse leaders she has mentored, and the diverse placements made by G/A&A.
She has given back to education, health care, and her communities through extensive service on philanthropic and corporate boards both nationally and internationally. Service examples include the National Advisory Board of Insuring Tomorrow; National Leadership, Inc.; Presidential Network on International Education of the American Council on Education; Children’s Care Hospital and School Foundation; Sioux Valley Hospital; Karl E. Mundt Foundation; Neuharth Advisory Board; North Central Association on Accreditation Teams; Golden Key National Honor Society; Phi Delta Kappa and the President’s Commission of the National Collegiate Athletic Association with service on the Restructuring Committee.
Dr. Asher earned tenure and the rank of full professor in educational psychology. She has edited more than 15 books and monographs focused on organizational development and leadership, continuous quality improvement, and environmental concerns. Asher’s education includes an Ed.D. from the University of Cincinnati, M.A. from Western Kentucky University, and B.A. from Eastern Kentucky University. She has credentials from Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management and Dartmouth University’s Executive Management Institute as well as graduate training in group process.
Vice President of Executive Search
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. 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.
Vice President of Executive Search
As vice president of executive search, Jeremy Duff brings the knowledge and experience of leading hundreds of high-profile executive level searches in the U.S. and worldwide in the private and public sectors.
Prior to joining Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Duff served as managing director for the University of Virginia’s Executive Search Group in the President’s Office. In this role, he led the creation of the University of Virginia’s Talent Recruitment operation through a university-wide HR transformation.
In addition, Mr. Duff served as principal with one of the largest executive search firms in the world, DHR International. While overseeing the entire Washington, DC office, he led successful executive searches worldwide for the C-level suite across numerous industries. While at DHR, he won the outstanding performer award six consecutive years.
Early in his career, Jeremy lobbied for the American Academy of Pediatrics in Washington, DC on a wide range of pediatric issues and was a member on the United States Presidential Advance team. With a keen interest in helping others, he also served as president of the board for a non-profit organization for homeless and mentally ill women, Open Arms Housing.
Jeremy attended Culver Academies and earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Dayton.
Co-Founder, Greenwood Asher & Associates and Vice President & Managing Partner, Kelly
Jan Greenwood, Ph.D. is a pioneer in U.S. higher education and along with G/A&A co-founder Dr. Betty Turner Asher, they have been awarded the American Council on Education’s Donna Shavlik Advancement of Women Award that recognizes “women who have shaped the executive search process and significantly contributed to women's equitable representation across the leadership pipeline." Also stating that "they have been critical players in moving the needle for women in higher education leadership and shaping the executive search process, practices, and landscape." Dr. Narcisa Polonio with G/A&A also has received this recognition.
In addition, Jan Greenwood and Marion Frenche, senior consultant and DEI practice leader for G/A&A, have been recognized by the Staffing Industry Analysts for the inaugural Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) Influencers; and Greenwood has been recognized by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Millennium leadership program for assisting in designing and participating in programs to develop leadership that enhances diversity.
Greenwood was the first woman president of a public four-year and graduate institution in Virginia and was among the first to hold multiple presidencies for both public and private institutions. The library at one of these institutions is named in her honor. She was one of the earliest executive recruiters with higher education experience who focused on search and consulting in education and nonprofit organizations. Greenwood is widely recognized for her search expertise; developer of best practices; group process expertise; trusted advisor to clients and candidates; panelist and speaker providing commentary on search and leadership; and her wisdom imparted through her work, leadership development workshops, and events.
Dr. Greenwood is a licensed psychologist with experience in group process, OB/OD, assessment, and with post-doctoral training in group methods in the U.S. and England. These skill sets are effective in working with clients, candidates, and search committees. She earned full professor with tenure while working in universities. She prepared a chapter for Warren Bennis’s book, The Planning of Change, when he was president of the University of Cincinnati, and she was Vice Provost. Her Ph.D. is from Florida State University, and she holds a certificate from Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management.
As a partner, director, and vice president in the Washington, D.C. and Virginia offices of two different international executive search companies, since 1992 Greenwood has conducted nearly a thousand searches for executives in education, health care, nonprofits, information technology, and Fortune 500 corporate boards with many of these searches at the executive level. This service gives her an unparalleled network of contacts. With Betty Asher, she co-founded Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. in 2004 to advance the quality of leadership and improve the process of executive recruitment in education and nonprofits.
Throughout her career, Dr. Greenwood has prioritized service to education and communities through board leadership. Representative board service has included the Monmouth University (New Jersey) Board of Trustees (including chair of the Educational and Faculty Affairs Committee and member of the Executive Committee), American Council on Education Board of Directors (including Executive Committee member), Association of Governing Boards President’s Advisory Committee (including service on the Commission on Strengthening Presidential Leadership), American Association of State Colleges and Universities (including chair of the Policy & Purposes Committee), Southern Governors’ Association (including member of Advisory Council on International Education), Council of Presidents for Virginia Public Higher Education (including chair) and American Council on Education Executive Search Roundtable (including chair). In community service, she was the Founding President of the Long Island Sound Foundation and has served as board member for philanthropic organizations as diverse as symphony, opera, ballet, United Way, Regional Plan Association, and YWCA. She also was on the corporate board of the Aquarion Company, serving as the chair of the Environmental, Community, & Government Relations Committee and member of the Audit Committee. She was a member of the Board of Directors of Seascape and is Vice Chair of the Majestic Sun Board of Directors.
Vice President & Managing Director, Greenwood Asher & Associates and Kelly
As vice president and managing director for G/A&A, Griffin oversees financial management of the firm, supervision and development of consultants and team members and organization of systems and operations. She brings a wealth of administrative expertise garnered through a successful career in K-12 leadership. She joins GA&A from recent service as chief academic officer of the Minneapolis (MN) Public Schools where she designed and implemented academic priorities to maximize the capacity of the system to provide excellent learning environments for the approximately 34,000 students in the district. Previously, in service to the approximately 24,000 students in the Bibb County Public Schools in Macon, GA, she was acting superintendent and deputy superintended of School Improvement and Redesign. In this latter role, she led the design and implementation of a district-wide strategic planning process and the development of a school redesign program to maximize the district's student learning success. Other executive roles include multiple leadership posts within the Rochester (MN) Public Schools, including executive director of School Improvement and Accountability, principal at Franklin/Montessori at Franklin Elementary Schools, principal at Churchill/Hoover Elementary Schools, interim director of Special Education and Speech/Language pathologist. She also served as an educational consultant with the Cochlear Impact Program of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
Griffin's leadership includes service as board chair for the Child Care Resource and Referral Network (CCRR) and co-chair of the Campaign Steering Committee for the Joint Building Venture between CCRR and Rochester (MN) Boys' and Girls' Club. She was also a board member for the Rochester Area Foundation - First Steps and for the Rochester Diversity Council. She has been involved with the Communities in Schools Council of Champions, Macon Promise Neighborhoods Advisory Council and Minnesota Department of Education Desegregation and Integration Task Force. Internationally, she has served as a team leader with Global Action Youth Summer Camps held in Ukraine, Moldova and India.
Griffin holds a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and an M.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She completed additional licensure coursework at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She holds licenses and certificates as a district superintendent, a school principal and a speech/language pathologist in Minnesota. She has completed training to be a Leaf Level Certified Trainer in Fierce Conversations. She has been trained at Harvard University through the Public Education Leadership Project and DataWise. Other training includes Courageous Conversations, Professional Learning Communities, Positive Behavior Intervention and Support, Response to Intervention and Crisis Prevention and Intervention.
Vice President of Executive Search
As vice president of executive search, Jim serves Greenwood/Asher & Associates’ (G/A&A) and its clients by developing strong partnerships with institutions informed by his distinguished background in, and passion for, leadership in higher education, business, and government.
Prior to joining G/A&A, Jim served as a senior fellow at the National Association of System Heads (NASH), affiliate faculty at the University of California Berkeley, lecturer in the School of Management at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and commissioner for the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education.
At NASH, Jim helped develop a transformation agenda for public university systems—The Power of Systems: Advancing the Nation’s Prosperity—and was the founding director of its Systems Center for State Policy. At Berkeley, he has written and presented research on higher education systems, and at UAF he taught graduate courses in negotiation. He is the editor of Recreating Multi-Campus University Systems: Transformations for a Future Reality, to be published in 2023 by Johns Hopkins University Press.
Prior to his role at NASH, Jim was President of the University of Alaska system where he led resolution of a severe budget crisis; creation of an innovative vision for the university as of 2040; setting system level goals and measures tied to the state’s needs; investment in student success and faculty collaboration; compliance with Title IX; the first statewide philanthropy campaign; and elevation of faculty, staff, and students in system governance. His previous roles include leadership positions at Alaska Communications, Inc.; Doyon, Limited; the University of Alaska; the University of Minnesota; and the State of Alaska.
In addition to his work with G/A&A, Jim serves on the advisory boards of the McPherson Eye Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the Executive Doctorate program at the University of Pennsylvania.
Jim was educated at the University of California, Santa Cruz (B.A., politics); the University of Chicago (M.A., political science); and the University of Pennsylvania (Ed.D., higher education management).
Vice President of Executive Search
Dr. Tracey Weldon’s varied experiences in higher education prepare her to be a skilled and insightful executive search partner for clients. Serving as both a search manager and trusted guide, Weldon expertly leads search teams to deliver excellent results.
As a quantitative sociolinguist, Weldon specializes in American English, with a particular focus on African American language varieties. Dr. Weldon joined the UofSC faculty in 2000, after having spent the previous five years as a faculty member at North Carolina State University. At UofSC, she held a joint appointment in the English Department and the Linguistics Program, where she taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in Linguistics. Weldon was an Associate Producer of “Talking Black in America,” a 2017 documentary produced by the Language & Life Project at North Carolina State University. Her book on Middle Class African American English was published by Cambridge University Press in 2021. And she currently serves as an advisory board member for the Oxford Dictionary of African American English.
In her administrative capacity, Weldon served as associate dean for diversity, interdisciplinary programs, and social sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. As the inaugural diversity officer in the College of Arts and Sciences and one of the original members and co-chairs of UofSC’s Council of Academic Diversity Officers (CADO), Weldon played an integral role in building the diversity infrastructure for the University. Weldon also served in the Office of the Provost as interim chief diversity officer, where she helped draft the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) goals of the University’s Strategic Plan, For South Carolina: A Path to Excellence. And she served as the inaugural chair of the University’s Black Faculty Caucus.
Weldon’s most recent administrative role in higher education was as dean of the Graduate School and vice provost for Graduate Education at the University of South Carolina. Weldon was initially appointed to this role in an interim capacity and later selected to fill the permanent position. Weldon brought prior experience to this role as the graduate director of Linguistics, as well as experience serving on UofSC’s Graduate Council and a Blue-Ribbon Committee focused on graduate student life. In addition, she participated in the University’s Pipeline for Academy Leaders program and the SEC Academic Leadership Development program.
As graduate dean, Weldon was instrumental in acquiring full health care subsidies for Ph.D. students and graduate assistants at UofSC. And, pursuant to the goals of the University’s strategic plan, she worked actively with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the state of South Carolina on a partnership to increase diversity within UofSC’s graduate student population.
Weldon received her B.A. in French and English from Furman University and her Ph.D. in Linguistics from The Ohio State University.