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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…

Tallahassee Democrat (blog) March 23, 2014
“Presidential search moves forward”

Tallahassee Democrat (blog) March 21, 2014
“FSU picks search firm in hunt for new leader”

University Herald, February 8, 2014
“UCF Provost Named New University of South Alabama President”

Columbus Business Journal, January 31, 2014
“Michael Drake Expects Strong Business Partnerships as Ohio State President”

Cleveland Plain Dealer, January 30, 2014
“Ohio State University's new president, Dr. Michael Drake, 'honored, excited' with post”

The Buchtelite, November 18, 2013
“Board of Trustees select presidential search firm”

Akron Beacon Journal, November 18, 2013
“UA taps search firm for new president”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 12, 2013
“West Virginia University president James Clements to lead Clemson”

St. John's University Website, October 9, 2013
“St. John's Retains R. William Funk & Associates to Assist National Search for President”

The Daily Egyptian, October 8, 2013
“Presidential Search Takes Off”

The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 7, 2013
“Founding President: Florida Polytechnic University”

Ohio State University Website, October 2013
“Search Partner”

CMU Website, October 2013
“Carnegie Mellon University: VP Research”

IRIS Key Announcements, September 22, 2013
“IRIS President Search”

The Columbus Dispatch, August 17, 2013
“Ohio State Hires Presidential Search Firm”

GrapeVine, August 21, 2013
“Presidential Search: Board of Trustees to Engage Current and Former University Presidents in Public Forum”

The Chronicle, July 19, 2013
“U. of California gets an unexpected leader in Janet Napolitano”

Daily Orange, June 24, 2013
“Cantor Chosen by Rutgers University-Newark for Focus on Diversity, Community Engagement”

Clemson Media, June 18, 2013
“Presidential Search Committee Holds Open Forum”

Orange and White, May 30, 2013
“Clemson Search Committee Hires Dallas Firm to Help Find New President”, April 18, 2013
“USA faculty survey: Next President should be an outside candidate”

The Dartmouth, April 12, 2013
“Folt to Leave College for UNC Chapel Hill”, April 3, 2013
“University of South Alabama begins search for new President, selects national search firm”

USA Today, April 3, 2013
“Digging into the past of NCAA President Mark Emmert”

The Vindicator, April 1, 2013
“Board of Regents approves appointment of Kenneth R. Evans as President of Lamar University”

The Times Picayune, March 27, 2013
“LSU unanimously confirms F. King Alexander as its next President”

University System of Georgia Website, February 4, 2013
“Morehead named President of the University of Georgia”

The Herald Sun, February 4, 2013
“UNC Chancellor Search Moving to the Next Stage”

Lamar University Press Release, November 15, 2012
“President Search”

The Daily Tar Heel, October 10, 2012
“Chancellor Search Committee Selects Firm to Start Selection”

Raleigh News & Observer,
October 8, 2012
Search Begins for UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor

The Record, September 28, 2012
"Colleges are Recruiting a New Kind of President"

The Advocate, August 3, 2012
“Dallas Firm Chosen to Lead LSU President Search”

Indianapolis Star, Thursday, June 21, 2012
"Mitch Daniels Quickly Rose to Top of Purdue's List"

The Star Ledger,  Wednesday, April 11, 2012
“Robert Barchi Named Rutgers President”

University System of Georgia Press Release, February 27, 2012
“Houston Davis Named USG Chief Academic Officer”

New York Times, August 13, 2011
"At Ohio State, Scandal Rattles a Reformer"

Seattle Times, April 25, 2011
"UW Regents Praise Unanimous Pick, Michael Young"

Lawrence Journal World, January 2, 2011
2011 Shaping Up to be a Formative Year for KU"

BU Now, Tuesday, October 19, 2010
"Dr. Jean Morrison Named BU Provost"

The Daily Tarheel, Thursday, August 26, 2010
"Thomas Ross Named UNC System President"

The Seattle Times, Monday, August 16, 2010
"R. William Funk & Associates Selected to Conduct UW President Search"

Georgia Tech Press Release, July 7, 2010
"Rafael Bras Named Georgia Tech Provost"

BU Today, June 22, 2010
"Kenneth W. Freeman Named Dean of SMG"

Raleigh News & Observer, May 5, 2010
“UNC Selects Firm for Presidential Search”

University of Oregon Press Release, April 28, 2010
“Academic with UO ties to head Lundquist College of Business”

University of Southern California Press Release, March 11, 2010
“C. L. Max Nikias Named 11th President of USC”

University of Kansas Press Release, May 29, 2009
“Board of Regents Make Historic Selection for KU Chancellor”

University of South Carolina Press Release, March 18, 2008
“Top Recruiting Firm Retained to Assist in Presidential Search”

The Chronicle of Higher Educdation, May 27, 2005
“The Matchmaker” (cover article)

D’ Magazine, January 1, 1998
“SMU’s $350 Million Gamble”

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.




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