Buffkin / Baker Expands Higher Education Practice

September 22, 2020 – Executive recruitment firm Buffkin / Baker has expanded its higher education practice with the addition of veteran search consultants Ken Carrick and Janny DeLoache.

“We are thrilled to have these exceptional leaders join our growing higher education practice,” said Martin Baker, the firm’s managing partner. “I have long admired Ken and the superb search practice he has built in higher education, along with a track record of recruiting diverse and talented candidates.”

“Today, more so than ever, colleges and universities need strong administrators who can lead their institutions during these unprecedented times,” he said. “Ken and Janny bring a wealth of experience and will further our capabilities to serve a broad base of clients across the higher education sector.”

Mr. Carrick, who will serve as partner, previously was president of Coleman Lew Canny Bowen. With more than 35 years’ experience, he has cultivated a diverse roster of clients in the education, retail, non-profit and government sectors. Mr. Carrick began his career as an accountant with Duke Energy and later worked for a national insurance company before entering the executive search profession in 1986.

Mr. Carrick currently serves a director on the Mecklenburg County ABC Board and was recently appointed to the North Carolina Association of ABC Boards’ legislative committee. He has been president of the Catawba College alumni board, and on the boards of the Greenwood Genetic Center Foundation, Greater Carolina’s Chapter of the American Red Cross and Covenant Day School. Mr. Carrick has also been involved with numerous volunteer service groups and youth sports associations in the Charlotte, NC area.

“I am excited to join the Buffkin/Baker team in the higher education practice,” said Mr. Carrick. “The firm has a stellar reputation, and I am impressed with their values, ability to identify and recruit a diversity of talented leaders in the sectors served, and commitment to providing excellent service to clients. Martin is a visionary leader in the higher ed space, and I look forward to serving clients together with him.”

Buffkin / Baker Seeking Chief Diversity Officer for University of San Diego

Buffkin / Baker has been called in by the University of San Diego (USD) in California to assist in its search for a chief diversity officer for diversity, equity, inclusion and access. Leading the assignment are managing partner Martin M. Baker and principal Chelsie Whitelock.

Ms. DeLoache previously served for nearly 22 years as a consultant with Coleman Lew Canny Bowen. She specializes in higher education, secondary education, government entities, sales and marketing, and is active in client relations, consultations and assisting clients with neutral site interviews. Ms. DeLoache began her career as an admissions counselor and assistant dean of students at Converse College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and master’s degree in education. Ms. Deloache was also assistant to the vice president of student affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She served as a vice president at Marketing Outreach Inc. in Atlanta, and also was a southeast regional manager for New York-based, US Concepts Inc. which serves Fortune 500 companies. Ms. DeLoache is a member of the Mint Museum Auxiliary and the Junior League of Charlotte as well as an ENCORE! life member at the Children’s Theater of Charlotte. She has served on the Converse alumnae board and Wofford College’s parent advisory council.

A Specialty Boutique Firm

Buffkin / Baker is a specialty boutique search firm composed of industry leaders in their respective fields and each has over a decade of retained search experience. Their focus as search professionals is to recruit leaders in digital marketing/advertising, technology, healthcare, media/entertainment, finance, higher education and non-profit. The firm serves public, private, venture and private equity-backed companies. Its office locations include Nashville, New York, Washington, D.C. and Winston Salem, with affiliate offices in London.

Buffkin / Baker is a member of Panorama Search, an international federation of retained firms with 18 firms and over 30 offices globally. Buffkin / Baker formed in 2017 with the merger of the Buffkin Group and Baker and Associates LLC.

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

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