Harris Search Associates Assists Johnson County Community College with Senior HR Search

April 8, 2024 – Executive recruiters are in hot pursuit of chief human resource officers and other senior-level HR leaders across the nation. Why such pent-up demand for top flight HR experts? Corporate leaders want HR leaders who are sophisticated, proactive and strategic-minded, with strong business savvy to drive their people capabilities like they would a P&L, according to executive recruiters. CEOs, in particular, want their HR leaders to proactively recommend a host of forward-thinking initiatives that will provide a competitive advantage.

Jeffrey Harris and Ed Christ of Harris Search Associates recently assisted in the recruitment of Christina McGee as the new vice president of human resources of Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS.

Ms. McGee most recently served as chief human resources officer of Kansas City Kansas Community College. In this position, she was responsible for leadership and oversight of all HR functions. This included developing and executing human resources strategies in support of the company goals and strategic plan in the areas of talent management, training and development, performance management, benefits and compensation.

In her new role with Johnson County Community College, Ms. McGee will oversee the comprehensive, strategic leadership of the Johnson County Community College human resources department, including employee benefit programs, compensation systems, recruitment and employment services, policy administration, human resources information systems (HRIS), employee relations, organizational development, and staff training. She will serve in an advisory capacity to college administration, the board of trustees, and employees, in matters of policy interpretation, contract interpretation, disciplinary and grievance proceedings, regulatory changes, and technical human resources issues.

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Johnson County Community College is a public, two-year institution of higher education. It is the state’s third largest institution of higher education and the largest of the 19 community colleges in the state of Kansas, educating approximately 35,000 students. Established in 1969, the school offers undergraduate credit courses in nearly 50 one- and two-year career degree and certificate programs.

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Harris Search Associates, an IIC Partners member firm, is a leading global higher education executive search and board advisory consulting firm with 44 offices in 33 countries worldwide. The firm’s higher education executive search practice is focused on identifying and attracting leaders to support the growth of clients in the areas of research, science, engineering, academic medicine, and healthcare enterprises. Clients include leading universities, research parks, institutes, academic medical centers, and healthcare organizations driving global innovation and discovery. Founded in 1997, Harris Search Associates was modeled after the first premier management consulting firms, in addition to its Ohio headquarters, the firm has regional offices in San Francisco and Dallas.

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Harris Search Associates has recruited Joseph Grupp as assistant vice president and chief information security officer at the University at Buffalo (UB). Mr. Grupp began his career with UBIT in 2011 as a programmer for HUB, later becoming technical coordinator. He joined UB’s dental school in 2017 and helped migrate them from paper-based patient charts to a fully electronic medical system. Mr. Grupp returned to the VPCIO area in 2019 where he has managed both Windows and Linux system administrator teams in addition to a database team for EIS. He was named interim information security officer in August 2022 and now has this role on a permanent basis.

Mr. Harris is the founder of the firm and leads the higher education, academic medicine, and healthcare administration practices. Prior to establishing the firm in 1997, Mr. Harris worked five years for a leading retained executive search firm where he concentrated on senior assignments on behalf of leading engineering, research, and health sciences clients. He is the global leader of the IIC Partners higher education/academic medicine practice, and from 2010 to 2013, was appointed to the board of IIC Partners as vice-chair for the Americas.

Recent clients include Michigan State University, Purdue University, Indiana University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory, Medical College of Wisconsin, University at Buffalo, Vanderbilt University, Oakland University, University of South Florida, University of Nebraska, Vanderbilt University, Kansas State University, University of North Dakota, University of South Dakota, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Dayton Children’s Hospital, Meharry Medical College, and Oregon Health & Science University.

Mr. Christ is an executive search professional and human resources consultant with more than 20 years of experience in non and for-profit industries, including higher education, healthcare/life sciences, engineering and consulting, industrial/manufacturing, and financial services. His executive search experience includes research and recruitment from the C-level executive to the specialized technical level.

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

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