TM² Executive Search Fills Senior Position for Benedict College

June 14, 2024 – TM² Executive Search (TM²), a subsidiary of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), has recruited Yohannis A. Job as the vice president of enrollment management at Benedict College in Columbia, SC. After an extensive national search, Mr. Job stood out as the strongest candidate with an impressive background in advancing enrollment growth. “Mr. Job brings invaluable expertise to his role as vice president of enrollment management,” said Roslyn Clark Artis, president and CEO of Benedict College. “His leadership extends across key college departments, including the office of recruitment and admissions, the office of financial aid and scholarships, the office of international programs, and upward bound ensuring cohesive strategies for student engagement and successfully becoming the best of Benedict College.”

Previously, Mr. Job significantly contributed to the enrollment successes at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, TX, as vice president and dean of enrollment management. He also enhanced institutional visibility and student access in his roles as special assistant to the president and director of admissions at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, AK. His strategic vision and execution have not only led to marked enrollment growth but also deepened the institutions’ engagements with diverse communities and stakeholders.

Mr. Job holds a bachelor of arts in business administration -marketing from Huston-Tillotson University, and a juris doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. “This comprehensive educational background, combined with his hands-on experience in higher education leadership, equips him with a unique perspective on developing and implementing dynamic enrollment strategies that resonate with diverse student populations while meeting Benedict College’s enrollment goals,” the school said.

Founded in 1870 by a woman, Bathsheba A. Benedict, Benedict College is a private co-educational liberal arts institution offering 26 competitive baccalaureate degree programs and two master’s degree programs. The Midlands HBCU welcomes students from all 46 counties in South Carolina, 30 states across America, and 26 countries around the world. The college also has a diverse faculty deeply engaged in teaching, research, and service.

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Established in 1987, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community. TMCF member schools include the publicly supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Historically Black Community Colleges, and Predominantly Black Institutions, enrolling nearly 80 percent of all students attending Black colleges and universities.

Serving Historically Black Colleges and Universities

TM² Executive Search specializes in providing exemplary executive talent acquisition consultation for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs), and other organizations looking to attract highly qualified, motivated, accomplished diverse candidates at all levels of the administration. The firm focuses on filling C-suite leadership positions, including presidents, chancellors and their cabinet-level direct reports, and board directorships.

Dakota Doman is managing principal of TM² Executive Search. He 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. Dr. Doman has served as an executive administrator, academician, strategist, policy analyst, governmental relations liaison, and researcher. He 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, CFO, CTO, 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.

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In 2016, four former black college presidents launched TM² Executive Search. The firm is the brainchild of former black college presidents John Garland (former president of Central State University); Sidney Ribeau (former president of Howard University); Wayne Watson (president emeritus of Chicago State University); and Dorothy Cowser Yancy (president emerita of Johnson C. Smith University & Shaw University).

Recently Called In

TM² Executive Search was recently retained by Paul Quinn College (PQC) to conduct a national executive search for three roles to serve as the chief financial officer, vice president of academic affairs/chief academic officer, and director of development. “Our partnership with Paul Quinn College is a testament to our shared values and vision for the future of higher education,” said Mr. Doman. “We are deeply committed to identifying leaders who not only align with Paul Quinn’s innovative spirit but who will also drive the college towards new horizons of success and impact.”

This executive search comes at a pivotal time for Paul Quinn College as it continues to gain national recognition for its unique model of higher education, which combines rigorous academics with real-world experiences and a strong emphasis on social justice and community service. The ideal candidates will be visionary leaders capable of guiding the institution through its next phase of growth and development, further solidifying its status as a trailblazer in the academic community.

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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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