Myers McRae Assists Pfeiffer University with Provost Search

April 13, 2021 – After a national search, Macon, GA-based Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting has helped to place Daniel Mynatt as the next provost and vice president of academic affairs for Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, NC. Kenny Daugherty, president of the search firm, led the assignment. Dr. Mynatt currently serves as vice provost for institutional effectiveness for the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor (UMHB) in Belton, TX. He will begin his term at Pfeiffer University on June 1. Ninety-four people applied for the role. Video conferences were held with 15 semi-finalists, and four finalists came to the campus.

“Pfeiffer University is fortunate to be adding to our team such an experienced academic administrator of Dr. Mynatt’s expertise,” says Pfeiffer University president Scott Bullard. “Having served for the past four years as the vice provost for institutional effectiveness at the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, Dr. Mynatt is uniquely qualified to address many of the opportunities and challenges which Pfeiffer University is faced with at this point in her history. His extensive leadership experience and accomplishments, his deep understanding of the very best aspects of church-related institutions of higher education, and his understanding of accreditation will benefit all areas of our university.”

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Strong Experience

Dr. Mynatt has also served UMHB as humanities dean, humanities and sciences dean, and interim provost. His duties have involved all aspects of academic administration, including faculty development oversight, new faculty recruitment, and academic liaison to athletics. He has played a role in the approval of several graduate degrees.

“It was also particularly important to the advisory committee assisting the president in this search that during his leadership tenure at UMHB, Dr. Mynatt served as the institution’s liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC),” said Pfeiffer University. “SACSCOC is not only UMHB’s regional accrediting body; it is Pfeiffer’s as well.”

“I am very excited to join the leadership team at Pfeiffer University and am grateful for the opportunity to do so,” Dr. Mynatt said. “During my visit to Pfeiffer, I was impressed by the warm and supportive atmosphere.  I felt like part of the family after one day on campus.”

Program Expansion

Dr. Mynatt began his teaching career in 1992.  After 10 years as a full-time faculty member, he entered administration in 2002. As dean, he worked to increase enrollment through prudent program expansion. His most successful initiative was supervising the launch of a new bachelor of science in engineering program.

A North Carolina native, he earned his bachelor’s degree in religion from Wake Forest University in 1984. He also holds a master of divinity (1987) and a doctoral degree (1992) from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Pfeiffer University, founded in 1885, is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the United Methodist church. Pfeiffer offers over 30 undergraduate degree programs. Its master’s programs and certificates are offered primarily online or on the Charlotte and Raleigh campuses. Pfeiffer’s regional network of campuses includes its traditional undergraduate campus in Misenheimer, a Charlotte campus and a Raleigh-Durham campus.

Resourceful Recruiters

Myers McRae serves colleges, universities, independent schools, and other not-for-profit institutions. Nearly all of its search professionals have a minimum of 20 years of experience in higher education. The majority of the firm’s searches have been for presidents, chancellors, provosts, vice presidents, deans and other senior academic and administrative leaders. Myers McRae recently placed the provost and vice president of academic affairs at Rhode Island College, provost of Methodist University and president of West Virginia Northern Community College, among others.

Myers McRae Seeks Provost for Middle Georgia State University
Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting has been enlisted by Middle Georgia State University to lead in its search for a provost and VP of academic affairs. Myers McRae said that candidates must have an earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution and evidence of successive academic administrative and supervisory experiences with qualifications meriting appointment at the rank of full professor in a discipline offered by the university. The search firm is looking for candidates with extensive expertise in program and curriculum development, program review and enhancement, continuous quality improvement processes, and budget and fiscal management is required.

Emily Parker Myers, CEO, has led Myers McRae since 2008. As the firm’s executive officer, she has broadened the firm’s scope and modernized processes, emphasizing responsiveness, timeliness, effectiveness and affordability. While utilizing new technology in the executive search process, Ms. Myers said she remains committed to the firm having person-to-person connections with candidates and that clients stay at the center of every search.

Known for her leadership expertise and commitment to excellence, Ms. Myers brings to the firm’s searches her extensive firsthand knowledge and experience in higher education administration. For most of her career, she served as senior vice president of university advancement and external affairs at Mercer University.

Mr. Daugherty has an extensive background in higher education administration, having served 28 years in public and independent institutions. Throughout his career in higher education, he had personnel responsibilities and served on numerous search committees for professional staff and administrators for the institution. Mr. Daugherty has conducted hundreds of searches for schools across the nation, including presidential searches for the University of Montana Western, Northwest Missouri State University, McDaniel College, Oakwood University, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Pasco-Hernando State College, Pierpont Community and Technical College, Wichita Area Technical College and the Georgia Independent College Association.

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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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