Academic Search Consultation Service to handle Mercyhurst Search

Academic Search Consultation Service of Washington, D.C., has been retained to handle the search for the 11th president of Mercyhurst College.

The announcement was made by Marlene D. Mosco, chair of the Mercyhurst Board of Trustees, who said the decision was made by the Presidential Search Committee on Friday, April 8.

Academic Search is the oldest, largest and most experienced academic search firm in the nation, Mosco said. It has been dedicated to providing exemplary leadership for higher education for more than a quarter century.

“As higher education's first search firm, Academic Search wrote the book on how to do a search on campus, achieved breakthrough results in the launch of successful presidencies and senior administrative positions, and over time legitimized the use of search counsel in higher education,” Mosco explained.

Dr. James P. FerrareDr. James P. Ferrare, a senior consultant with Academic Search, has been assigned to the Mercyhurst Presidential search. He is a native of Erie and an Edinboro University graduate who received his doctorate in educational administration from Iowa State University. Before joining Academic Search, he was dean of the School of Education at Drake University and a former associate executive director of the School Administrators of Iowa.

William C. Sennett, chairman of the Mercyhurst Presidential Search Committee, said that the subcommittee on search firms, chaired by Robert S. Miller, made its recommendation to the Presidential Search Committee on Friday.

“The naming of Academic Search is a quantum step in the search process,” Sennett said. “We will be meeting with Academic Search in the near future to continue with this historic project,” he added.

The Mercyhurst Board of Trustees hopes to have the college's 11th president in place by July 1, 2006. Currently, Dr. Michael J. McQuillen is serving as interim president of the college.

For more information on Academic Search.

Fast facts on Academic Search:

The company has conducted far more searches for presidents and senior academic officers than any other firm working in this field;

Ninety-eight percent of the individuals placed with our assistance in the past six years are still in office. Eighty percent of those appointed in the past 10 years remain in their positions;

In the vast majority of cases, Academic Search clients appoint individuals we recruited as candidates;

Academic Search works exclusively for college, universities and related organizations. No other firm is more knowledgeable about the leadership needs of high education;

Academic Search has been exceptionally successful in attracting competitive nontraditional candidates to searches;

The proportion of women and individuals of color selected in presidential searches served by Academic Search consistently exceeds the national average;

Client surveys, as well as repeat business, demonstrate high levels of satisfaction with the services of Academic Search.
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