Search Inc. Establishes Education Practice

June 6, 2017 – New York-based Search Inc. has launched an education practice that will be led by two individuals whom the firm said will bring “fresh perspectives in the fast changing educational market.” The team of Elisa Calabrese and Wendy Weiler will be supported by researchers and recruiting professionals with more than 20 years of search experience.

Dr. Calabrese, who joined the firm last year, will retain the title of director of the education division. She has 28-plus years of experience in executive and academic leadership positions in education. As the chief talent development officer of Broward County Public Schools in Florida, she launched educational business expansion services that improved talent acquisition pipelines, professional learning opportunities, career advancement programs and performance evaluation systems for 20,000 employees. Her ongoing work with public, private, non-profit, and foundation organizations to create and sustain innovation and improvement, led to securing more than $100 million in grant funds.


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There’s been a recent trend among top ranking HR executives reestablishing themselves as executive recruiters. “Executive search can provide the ability to have impact across a variety of companies, industries and geographies,” said Kimberly Shanahan, president and chief executive officer of accelHRate, an executive search firm focused on the senior level HR function. Human resource and talent acquisition professionals are able to take their corporate experiences to understand their clients’ business and individual challenges, report recruiters from the field. These well networked executives are able to leverage their relationships from a client and candidate perspective ….. Here’s some further reading from Hunt Scanlon Media.

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Ms. Weiler, who assumes the title of vice president of strategic alliances, is the founder of EduStrategies, a consulting company that has worked with 80 or more education-based vendors. She is also the former chief talent development officer and assistant superintendent for Broward County Public Schools. As an out-sourced resource to ALAS as VP of business development, she and her team re-established and grew that organization of Latino superintendents to become a strong voice in education. She developed and sold sponsorships to K12 vendors for ALAS that drove revenues to exceed expectations. Before a career in education, she was a recruiter for the IT industry.

Search Inc. is an executive search firm dedicated to the recruiting industry. Its sources, recruit and places executive search professionals across all disciplines and geographies. The firm serves a diverse, national client base and places professionals across the C-level.

Education Sector

The education sector has been a hot areas for executive recruiters. Today there are some 150 recruiting specialist outfits now serving just the academia sector alone and search firms have continued to beef up their staffs in recent months. Here is a look at a few from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

Witt/Kieffer appointed Concetta M. Stewart as a principal in its education practice. She more than two decades of leadership experience across academic disciplines, with particular expertise in academic affairs, program development, and technology and communications. Most recently, she served as provost and interim president at Mercy College.

Isaacson, Miller named Ericka Miller as a vice president and partner in its Washington, D.C. office. An expert in K-12 education and education policy, Dr. Miller most recently served as chief of membership, governance, and higher education at The College Board. In 2013, she was nominated by President Barack Obama to be the assistant secretary for postsecondary education in the U.S. Department of Education.

Wheless Partners appointed Dr. Robert Witt, University of Alabama System chancellor emeritus, as a senior advisor to the firm’s higher education search practice. “Given the numerous challenges higher education faces today, leadership for public colleges and universities has never been more imperative,” said Mike Wheless, CEO of Wheless Partners.

Saxton Bampfylde added Dr. Jennifer Barnes to its consulting team where she works across the firm’s global higher education and arts & culture search practices. Dr. Barnes brings has a broad range of experience from higher education, business and the arts. Most recently, she was pro-vice chancellor and deputy vice chancellor at the University of Cambridge.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Chase Barbe, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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