Koya Leadership Partners Leading CHRO Search for the University of New England

August 14, 2019 – Executive recruiters continue to be in hot pursuit of chief human resource officers and other senior-level HR leaders across the nation. Just recently, Tom Phillips and Charlotte Harris of Koya Leadership Partners were retained by the University of New England (UNE) to assist in its search for a new CHRO.

The university, located in Biddeford, ME, seeks a collaborative and forward-looking human resources leader that will play an important role in building upon the institution’s strategic plan, “Our World, Our Future.” He or she will be expected to lead UNE’s HR program and collaborating across the institution as an innovative partner, said Koya Leadership Partners. The HR team has responsibility for talent management, employee recruitment, training, professional development, employee relations, performance management, compensation management and analysis, employee health and wellness benefits, health and welfare related risk management, Title IX compliance, human resources technology and employee engagement programs.

Koya Leadership Partners said that the successful candidate will be a strategic and process-oriented change-agent and collaborator, and an excellent servant leader. With senior leadership, the individual will be expected to translate UNE’s strategic vision into forward-thinking HR operational plans. The successful candidate will also bring many personal qualities and professional qualifications. These would include a broad base of technical knowledge and skills related to human resource administration, including labor law, compensation management and analysis, benefits, ERISA, personnel policy, employment, employee relations and EEO/Affirmative Action.

The winning candidate will have at least 10 years of progressively responsible experience leading relevant functions within a human resource department in an institution of higher education or a comparably complex setting, said Koya Leadership Partners. Extensive knowledge of multi-disciplinary compensation management, research and analysis is also desired as well as demonstrated effectiveness in spearheading and supporting diversity and organizational change initiatives.

Driven by strong interest in its health sciences programs along with liberal arts programs, UNE has experienced unprecedented growth over the last 10 years. During this time UNE has been one of the fastest growing private universities in the nation. With enrollments rising nearly 70 percent in the past decade, UNE now enrolls over 14,000 on­ campus and online/distance students each academic year.

Proven CHRO Search Consultants

Boston-based Koya Leadership Partners is a national executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with mission-driven organizations, institutions of higher education and social enterprises. This year, the firm was again recognized by Hunt Scanlon Media as one of the top 50 search firms in the Americas. In June, 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.

HR searches are a hallmark of Koya. In addition to many such searches across the mission-driven organization landscape, the firm is currently partnering on searches for higher education CHRO roles at the Catholic University of America, Skidmore College and the Maryland Institute College of Art. And in the recent past, Koya consultants have led CHRO searches for Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, Clark University, Fordham University, George Mason University, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


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Mr. Phillips serves as a principal with Koya, where he identifies and recruits leaders to positions in student affairs, information technology, facilities, compliance, athletics, and finance and administration. A partial listing of clients he has engaged with includes Yale University, Northwestern University, University of Southern California, Vanderbilt University, Cornell University, Wake Forest University, Rutgers University, Wayne State University and Oberlin College. Previously, Mr. Phillips served as vice president at Neumann Executive Search Partners. He joined Koya when the two firms merged.

As an executive search consultant, Ms. Harris provides search operations and logistics support for Koya’s higher education team. Previously, she was as a key member of the administrative team at Lois L. Lindauer Searches, an executive search firm in Boston.

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

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