February 17, 2016 – Georgia-based executive search firm Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting has appointed Alan G. Medders Ph.D. as its new president.
Dr. Medders has had a distinguished career in higher education and foundation administration, fundraising, planned giving, marketing, communications, and fiduciary and asset management. His understanding of the demands placed on academic and administrative leaders and the complexities of higher education institutions have allowed him to guide and counsel committees during various search processes.
During his career, he has served on and chaired numerous search committees for coaches, athletic directors, faculty, development and foundation personnel, academic and division directors, deans, vice presidents, and provosts.
Most recently, he was with Columbus State University (CSU) in Georgia where he served as vice president for university advancement and executive director of the CSU Foundation. Previously, he served as VP for university advancement at the University of North Alabama and executive director of the UNA Foundation. Over his career, he has held additional leadership roles in higher education institutions and not-for-profit organizations in Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky.
“A distinctive hallmark of Myers McRae is our extensive experience in and knowledge of higher education,” said Emily Parker Myers, who will continue to serve as the firm’s chief executive officer. “Alan is an outstanding administrator, bringing more than 25 years of experience in higher education.”
“He shares our commitment to providing outstanding professional services coupled with strong communications and close attention to details,” said Ms. Parker Myers. “Our clients will appreciate, and benefit from, his insights and understanding of the demands on leaders and the complexities of higher education as he guides and counsels them through the search process.”
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“We are fortunate to have Alan joining the firm,” said R. Kirby Godsey, chairman. “He not only is an exceptional individual and leader, but he also brings a wealth of knowledge of higher education and leadership qualities to this key position. Under Emily Myers’ leadership for the past eight years, this firm has flourished and has expanded significantly its clientele of colleges, universities, and not-for-profit organizations throughout the nation. The selection of Alan to serve as president once again demonstrates her vision for continuing to develop this firm and heighten its national reputation in executive search.”
“I am honored that Ms. Myers and Dr. Godsey have selected me to join the firm in this capacity,” said Dr. Medders. “Having known and worked with these two well-respected leaders in higher education for many years, I look forward to joining them and the entire professional team at Myers McRae.”
Myers McRae is an executive search firm serving 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. Since 2009, Myers McRae has conducted more than 20 presidential searches.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media