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The searches we conduct are typically for senior, important positions at the nation’s best known and most highly regarded institutions. As a result, our consultants are often sought-out to comment on issues in higher education and our searches are often the subject of media interest. Our consultants are contacted very frequently and have been quoted in such national publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Harvard Crimson, Chicago Tribune, Chronicle of Higher Education, The Economist, Trusteeship Magazine, The Boston Globe, Public Purpose, Nature Magazine, Cleveland Plain Dealer, The New Yorker Magazine, and a myriad of other publications. We have provided the web link to a selected number of articles in this section to give you an insight into our firm and consultants and the nature of our work. A number of the articles are quite recent and others may be a little older, but all have been carefully selected to reflect the breadth and reach of our work and to speak to topics of interest. We hope you find these articles interesting.

RECENT SEARCH ANNOUNCEMENTS…

LJWorld.com
February 5, 2017
“KU Chancellor search: Where do university CEOs come from?”
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Hunt Scanlon
January 25, 2017
“R. William Funk in Hunt for next KU Chancellor”
(Link to Article)
LJWorld.com
January 23, 2017
“Names coming in, search has begun for KU Chancellor job”
(Link to Article)
AZ Central
January 19, 2017
“University of Arizona has at least 40 prospects for President’s job”
(Link to Article)
WLTZ First News
January 17, 2017
“The Search Continues for the next Auburn University President”
(Link to Article)
The Morehead News
January 13, 2017
“Five to interview for MSU President position”
(Link to Article)
ljworld.com
January 10, 2017
“KU community members share desired traits of their next Chancellor”
(Link to Article)
kaltura.com
January 10, 2017
“Open Forum – University of Kansas Chancellor Search”
(Link to Article)
cjonline.com
December 14, 2016
“Search Committee Announced to find KU Chancellor’s Successor”
(Link to Article)
tucson.com
October 13, 2016
“R. William Funk and Associates Selected for UA President Search”
(Link to Article)
oanow.com
September 30, 2016
“Auburn University President Search Begins”
(Link to Article)
HuntScanlon.com
September 27, 2016
“University of Arizona Taps R. William Funk to Recruit Next President”
(Link to Article)
LJWorld.com
March 30, 2016
“KU: Three Provost candidates will visit campus in coming weeks”
(Link to Article)
Mississippi State Newsroom
January 29, 2016
“MSU Begins Process to Fill Provost/EVP Vacancy”
(Link to Article)
Lawrence Journal World
November 29, 2015
“RWFA Conducts KU Provost Search”
(Link to Article)
The Commercial Appeal
October 9, 2015
“Interviews Begin for Ole Miss Chancellor”
(Link to Article)
The DM Online
October 7, 2015
“Preferred Chancellor Candidate to be named in December”
(Link to Article)
ArkansasOnline
September 8, 2015
“UA Chancellor search plans interview round at Dallas airport hotel”
(Link to Article)
Inside Higher Ed
September 2, 2015
“A Controversial Search”
(Link to Article)
The Clarion Ledger
August 21, 2015
“College Board Close to Reviewing Chancellor Applications”
(Link to Article)
Mississippi Public Radio
July 14, 2015
“Interview with R. William Funk & Associates CEO”
(Link to Article)
hottytoddy.com
July 16, 2015
“R. William Funk & Associates CEO Discusses How Firm Will Aid in Ole Miss Chancellor Search”
(Link to Article)
hottytoddy.com
June 19, 2015
“IHL Board Hires Consulting Firm to Search for New Chancellor”
(Link to Article)
Star Tribune
June 18, 2015
“Dallas Consulting Firm to Lead the Search for University of Mississippi Chancellor”
(Link to Article)
News & Observer
May 22, 2015
“New Chancellor Chosen for UNC Greensboro”
(Link to Article)
Slate Magazine
April 20, 2015
“Does It Matter That More University Leaders Have No Sports Experience?”
(Link to Article)
Inside Higher Ed
April 16, 2015
“NCAA Novices”
(Link to Article)
WSOC TV-Charlotte
March 13, 2015
“Winthrop University names new President”
(Link to Article)
Winthrop University Website
March 13, 2015
“Dr. Daniel Mahony selected as President of Winthrop University”
(Link to Article)
The Chronicle of Higher Education
February 5, 2015
“What’s in a President’s inbox the day he gets fired”
(Link to Article)
The Seattle Times
February 2, 2015
“Higher-ed Spending in Texas lured UW’s President”
(Link to Article)
Greensboro News-Record
December 2, 2014
“The Syllabus: UNCG Brings the Funk”
(Link to Article)
Winthrop University Website
October 3, 2014
“Board of Trustees Finalized Contract with Funk & Associates for Presidential Search”
(Link to Article)
Tallahassee Democrat
July 20, 2014
“Our Opinion: Deal with Thrasher”
(Link to Article)
dbusiness
July 2014
“Oakland University Board of Trustees Appoints New President”
(Link to Article)
The Washington Times
July 14, 2014
“FSU warned that new search could be a ‘sham’”
(Link to Article)
Associated Press
July 13, 2014
“Tumult at UT Austin may hurt hiring of new leaders”
(Link to Article)
Austin American-Statesman
July 12, 2014
“Officials face challenges in hiring leaders, calming waters at UT”
(Link to Article)
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 24, 2014
“Former Temple Law Professor Named Chancellor of Rutgers Camden”
(Link to Article)
Yahoo Finance
April 10, 2014
“St. John’s U Names Gempesaw 17th President”
(Link to Article)
University Herald
February 8, 2014
“UCF Provost Named New University of South Alabama President”
(Link to Article)
Columbus Business Journal
January 31, 2014
“Michael Drake Expects Strong Business Partnerships as Ohio State President”
(Link to Article)
Cleveland Plain Dealer
January 30, 2014
“Ohio State University’s new president, Dr. Michael Drake, ‘honored, excited’ with post”
(Link to Article)
Akron Beacon Journal
November 18, 2013
“UA taps search firm for new president”
(Link to Article)
Ohio State University Website
October 2013
“Search Partner”
(Link to Article)
GrapeVine Columbus
August 21, 2013
“Presidential Search: Board of Trustees to Engage Current and Former University Presidents in Public Forum”
(Link to Article)
The Columbus Dispatch
August 17, 2013
“Ohio State Hires Presidential Search Firm”
(Link to Article)
The Chronicle
July 19, 2013
“U. of California gets an unexpected leader in Janet Napolitano”
(Link to Article)
Daily Orange
June 24, 2013
“Cantor Chosen by Rutgers University-Newark for Focus on Diversity, Community Engagement”
(Link to Article)
Clemson Media
June 18, 2013
“Presidential Search Committee Holds Open Forum”
(Link to Article)
Orange and White
May 30, 2013
“Clemson Search Committee Hires Dallas Firm to Help Find New President”
(Link to Article)
AL.com
April 3, 2013
“University of South Alabama begins search for new President, selects national search firm”
(Link to Article)
USA Today
April 3, 2013
“Digging into the past of NCAA President Mark Emmert”
(Link to Article)
The Record
September 28, 2012
“Colleges are Recruiting a New Kind of President”
(Link to Article)
The Daily Tar Heel
October 10, 2012
“Chancellor Search Committee Selects Firm to Start Selection”
(Link to Article)
Raleigh News & Observer
October 8, 2012
“Search Begins for UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor”
(Link to Article)
Indianapolis Star
June 21, 2012
“Mitch Daniels Quickly Rose to Top of Purdue’s List”
(Link to Article)
The Star Ledger
April 11, 2012
“Robert Barchi Named Rutgers President”
(Link to Article)
New York Times
August 13, 2011
“At Ohio State, Scandal Rattles a Reformer”
(Link to Article)
University System of Georgia Press Release
February 27, 2012
“Houston Davis Named USG Chief Academic Officer”
(Link to Article)
Seattle Times
April 25, 2011
“UW Regents Praise Unanimous Pick, Michael Young”
(Link to Article)
Lawrence Journal World
January 2, 2011
“2011 Shaping Up to be a Formative Year for KU”
(Link to Article)
BU Now
October 19, 2010
“Dr. Jean Morrison Named BU Provost”
(Link to Article)
The Daily Tarheel
August 26, 2010
“Thomas Ross Named UNC System President”
(Link to Article)
The Seattle Times
August 16, 2010
“R. William Funk & Associates Selected to Conduct UW President Search”
(Link to Article)
Georgia Tech Press Release
July 7, 2010
“Rafael Bras Named Georgia Tech Provost”
(Link to Article)
BU Today
June 22, 2010
“Kenneth W. Freeman Named Dean of SMG”
(Link to Article)
Raleigh News & Observer
May 5, 2010
“UNC Selects Firm for Presidential Search”
(Link to Article)
University of Oregon Press Release
April 28, 2010
“Academic with UO ties to head Lundquist College of Business”
(Link to Article)
University of Southern California Press Release
March 11, 2010
“C. L. Max Nikias Named 11th President of USC”
(Link to Article)
University of Kansas Press Release
May 29, 2009
“Board of Regents Make Historic Selection for KU Chancellor”
(Link to Article)
The Chronicle of Higher Education
May 27, 2005
“The Matchmaker”
(Link to Article)
Mr. Funk authored an article for Trusteeship Magazine which has become the seminal treatise on how Boards should approach Presidential searches. We are frequently asked for copies of this article and are providing the link here for those who wish to read it.
(Link to Article)