Diversified Search Group Seeking CHRO for Davidson College

December 4, 2023 – Koya Partners, a part of Diversified Search Group, was recently retained by Davidson College, Davidson, NC, to lead in its search for new chief human resources officer. Koya managing director Amy Sugin led the search along with senior associate Laura Bertonazzi. Davidson College seeks a collaborative and experienced leader to serve as the next CHRO. Reporting to the vice president and general counsel, the CHRO strategically leads the office of human resources to provide exceptional service to the Davidson College community. The CHRO is responsible for the development and implementation of human resource policies and practices that advance the core educational and operational objectives of the institution.

Working collaboratively with leaders across the campus, the CHRO will oversee an effective, innovative, and responsive human resources operation and will promote a high-performing, diverse, and productive culture that attracts, develops, and retains top talent in support of Davidson’s distinctive mission and strategic plan.

The CHRO serves as a key leader within the Davidson community. The successful candidate will bring a record of increasingly responsible leadership positions in human resources and its functions. The next CHRO will have a proven record of success and deep knowledge of human resource functions and technology, including talent management and assessment, organizational behavior, employee relations, and compensation and benefits. The candidate should be an experienced leader of people with an ability to attract and mentor staff and to elicit a high-quality service orientation from a team.

Davidson College is a private liberal arts college. It was established in 1837 by the Concord Presbytery and named after Revolutionary War general William Lee Davidson, who was killed at the nearby Battle of Cowan’s Ford. It is a four-year undergraduate institution and enrolls 1,973 students from 50 states and territories, Washington, D.C., and 46 countries

Diversified Search Group is a family of recruiting firms serving specialized sectors. The firm was founded almost five decades ago by Judith von Seldeneck for the express purpose of placing diverse candidates in client organizations. It is today the largest U.S. female-owned and founded firm in the executive recruitment industry. It is comprised of a combination of specialty practices with deep industry expertise under industry recognized brands, including Alta Associates, BioQuest, Koya Partners, Grant Cooper, and Storbeck Search.

Combined Resources

In 2019, Koya was acquired by Diversified Search. With the combination of revenues and resources, Diversified Search and Koya now represent one of the largest non-profit and higher education practices in the executive search industry. Koya’s specialization in mission-driven search, primarily with non-profit and higher education clients, complements Diversified’s own major education, non-profit, and arts and culture practices, as well as the firm’s healthcare services, board of directors, life sciences, industrial, and digital, media, entertainment, and sports practices.

A hallmark of Koya’s education practice is the range of institutions with which it has partnered: private and public; selective liberal arts colleges, large research universities and academic medical centers; mission-driven, faith-based; rising and established. The practice’s recruiters’ backgrounds include decades of experience in academic budget and administration, finance and administration, executive education, student affairs, international programs, human resources and academic work in the fields of philosophy and biological sciences, higher education, non-profit and private sectors.

Storbeck Search Leads CHRO Search for University of Rochester
Storbeck Search, part of the Diversified Search Group, has been called on by the University of Rochester to lead its search for a new vice president and chief human resources officer (CHRO). Leading the assignment are Shelly Weiss Storbeck, managing partner and senior associate Carly Rose DiGiovanni, and Amy Sugin, managing director for Koya Partners, also part of Diversified Search Group. The role presents an opportunity to make a significant and lasting positive impact on the university and the Rochester community. “The University of Rochester seeks a transformative vice president and chief human resources officer with a commitment to diversity and equity and a proven track record of collaboration and inclusive engagement to steward a complex, mission-driven workforce of more than 30,000,” said Storbeck Search.

Ms. Sugin has over two decades of higher education administration experience in enrollment management, program management, and international education. She joined Koya after serving as principal at Neumann Executive Search (formerly, Brill Neumann Associates) when the two firms merged. Ms. Sugin has led searches for Carnegie Mellon University, Fordham University, Rutgers, Yale, New York University, University of North Carolina, Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design and University of Dayton, among others.

Ms. Bertonazzi is a senior search associates in the higher educations practice. She joined Koya Partners | Diversified Search Group in August 2022, following a 15-year career in Student Affairs and Enrollment at Regis College in Weston, MA. During her tenure at Regis, Laura held progressive leadership roles in the areas of campus activities, residence life, student conduct, veterans affairs, and accessibility services. During her most recent appointment, Laura served as the dean of undergraduate enrollment and retention, whereas she led a comprehensive enrollment and retention strategy for the university.

Related: Here’s Why Game Changing CHRO Talent Is In Big Demand

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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