Dr. Dakota Doman

Managing Principal and Executive Search Consultant

Dr. Dakota Doman serves as the Managing Principal for TM 2 Executive Search Firm which is the only search firm founded to exclusively provide executive talent solutions to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Prior to joining TM 2 , Dr. Doman was unanimously appointed by the Texas Southern University (TSU) Board of Regents to serve as the Acting Chief Executive Officer. He initially joined Texas Southern University as the Chief of Staff and served as the Chief Governmental Affairs Officer. In this role he was responsible for leading University Partnerships, Transformative Initiatives, Institutional Assessment Planning and Effectiveness, Title III Programs, and Legislative efforts at the municipal, statewide, and federal level.

Dr. Doman has over 15 years of executive higher education experience at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Predominantly White Institutions at various Research Carnegie Classifications. He has served as an executive administrator, academician, strategist, policy analyst, governmental relations liaison, and researcher. Dr. Doman has presented over 75 presentations across the country on various higher education topics related to HBCUs, organizational leadership and change management, talent acquisition, and student success.

Dr. Doman has served as a consultant, chair, or search advocate for over 50 executive searches in higher education throughout his career. He has coordinated executive searches at all levels of administration including President, Provost, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Technology Officer, and Chief Student Success/Enrollment Officer. He has considerable search experience in governance and policy organizations for State Higher Education Executive Officer (SHEEO) agencies such as the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board where he completed five executive searches.

Dr. Doman has demonstrated the ability to partner with various higher education institutions to identify the appropriate blend of characteristics and capabilities required to champion the organizational mission. He is highly skilled at engaging with a diverse candidate pool and performing rigorous searches to thoroughly discover new and existing leadership talent.

His experience in higher education as a Chief Executive Officer, Chief Governmental Affairs Officer, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Chief of Staff, and Chief Strategy Officer has offered significant experience in working with all levels of administrations including working closely with Board members who are responsible for the overall governance of an institution. Dr. Doman has served on five executive cabinets and brings extensive knowledge of higher education to every executive search. In addition to being a seasoned administrator, he has also demonstrated excellence as a development officer raising more than $20 million dollars for institutions via transformative partnerships and grant writing. During the 88th Texas Legislative Session, Dr. Doman led efforts to secure Texas Southern University a biennium appropriation of $157M, which was a 9% increase over the previous biennium and represented one of the highest funding amounts in the history of the institution.

In 2016, Dr. Doman was named Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas. He led a team of dedicated practitioners that enrolled the largest first-year class in the 145-year history of the institution. This team also increased the retention rates by 15% during his tenure as Vice President. Under his leadership, Philander Smith was ranked the number one fastest-growing Historically Black College and University by the United Negro College Fund and was recognized as the fastest growing institution in the state of Arkansas by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

Dr. Doman holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Master of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship Behavior and Leadership Studies, both from Lamar University. He earned a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Texas Tech University, where his dissertation research investigated the presidential pathways of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.