Buffkin / Baker Tapped by UNC to Find Dean

June 26, 2018 – Executive recruitment firm Buffkin / Baker, is leading the search for a new dean for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s (UNC) graduate school. Spearheading the search are Martin M. Baker, managing partner, and Chelsie Whitelock, principal. The university wants someone with a distinguished record of scholarly achievement and professional credentials consistent with the appointment at the rank of full professor, said the search firm.

The dean will serve as the chief academic officer of the graduate school and will provide academic, intellectual, and administrative leadership, Bufflin/Baker said. The individual will be responsible for developing, articulating and executing a shared vision of the school to help advance its academic mission.

The new dean is expected to be a champion for the school, an advocate for resources that will support the university’s fundraising Campaign for Carolina and a strong partner with other deans across campus. The dean “will oversee the assessment of current and future graduate programs and assure that they represent the highest quality experiences for students, including the utilization of contemporary pedagogical strategies,” said Buffkin/ Baker.

Desired Experience

UNC seeks someone with a doctoral level or other terminal professional degree, including a Ph.D., with a distinguished record of scholarly achievement and professional credentials consistent with appointment at the rank of full professor. “The individual should have experience in training and mentoring graduate students, including doctoral candidates, at a research-intensive university,” the firm said. “Candidates should be experienced in scholarship, have a record of fostering excellence in research and teaching, and manifest a commitment to academic excellence, leadership and education.”

Qualified candidates should have: a reputation for creative scholarship and a demonstrable record of fostering excellence in research, teaching, and service, said the firm.

The graduate school of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill encompasses 80-plus programs offering more than 160 different graduate degrees.


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

Recent Growth

Buffkin / Baker has experienced a recent wave of growth. The firm recently expanded with the addition of veteran recruiter Ted Jadick as a partner and head of its global governance practice. Mr. Jadick was previously a vice chairman of Heidrick & Struggles, where he served as a member of the firm’s executive committee and as the managing partner of its New York Office. His client list includes Major League Baseball, Office Depot, Abercrombie & Fitch, DirecTV, Dollar General, Hershey Trust Company, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Tiffany & Co., Unilever, ConEdison, PPL Corporation, Bristol Myers Squibb, Webster Bank and Lands’ End.

The firm also acquired Nashville, TN-based MusicRowSearch, an executive recruiting operation specializing in the entertainment industry, to expand its service lines and leverage future growth. MusicRowSearch will retain its name under the Buffkin / Baker brand. Through the acquisition, Tim Truitt joins the firm and now serves as a partner and head of the entertainment group.

Buffkin / Baker has also added new hires in recent months. The firm recently added veteran recruiter Nathaniel J. Sutton as partner and head of its non-profit recruiting practice. For seven years, Mr. Sutton headed the education and non-profit practice at Heidrick & Struggles, where he grew the practice from $3 million to $17 million in annual revenue.

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

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