Jon McRae

jon mcrae This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , President, founded Collegiate Counsel, Inc. in 2011 following four decades in executive search as president of Jon McRae & Associates, Inc. serving higher education and other not-for-profit organizations since 1984. Prior experience included over ten years in corporate recruiting. The firm was sold in 2009 and continues today under a different name, totally separate from Collegiate Counsel. Collegiate Counsel was founded as a boutique firm to provide more flexible and personal services. All of our Senior Consultants are former college presidents or provosts and work as a team. As President, Jon uses his vast experience in search consulting to support the lead consultant on every assignment, as appropriate. Collegiate Counsel is concentrated in liberal arts-preprofessional colleges, medium-sized universities, independent schools, military institutions and other not-for-profit organizations. In addition to traditional full-service searches, Collegiate Counsel offers cost-effective search options and internal advisory services that are personally tailored to meet the specific needs of each client institution.

Jon McRae has personally led hundreds of senior-leadership searches. He was an active member of the Executive Search Roundtable in the American Council on Education from its inception and served as its chair in 2007. Through the years he has been supportive of the Association of Governing Boards, the Council of Independent Colleges, the Association of Military Colleges and Schools and other related organizations. Jon  was honored to serve as a Consultant, of Counsel for AGB SEARCH in 2014-15. He is a Trustee, Emeritus at Riverside Military Academy where he served as an officer of the Board and a long-term member of the Executive Committee. He holds a BA degree from Davidson College.

Over his career Jon has personally led more than fifty presidential searches for colleges and universities such as Presbyterian College, York College of Pennsylvania, Newberry College, Wartburg College, Tusculum College, Campbellsville University, Brenau University, Converse College, Schreiner University, Hardin-Simmons University, Eastern University, Franklin College, Coker College, Houghton College, Averett University, Catawba College, Concord University and King College, as well as other not-for-profit organizations such as the National Center for State Courts, Oak Ridge Military Academy, Riverside Military Academy, Massanutten Military Academy, Marion Military Institute, Wentworth Military Academy, Barium Springs Home for Children, Holston United Methodist Home for Children, Presbyterian Home for Children in Texas and Thornwell Home for Children in South Carolina.

McRae has also personally led searches for cabinet-level officers and senior leaders at such institutions as Regis University, Davidson College, Mary Baldwin College, Hampden-Sydney College, Hardin-Simmons University, Carroll College, Columbia Theological Seminary, College of Saint Rose, Cornell College, George Washington University, University of Findlay, Virginia Military Institute, Meredith College, Ohio Northern University, Peace College, Lyon College, Roanoke College, Piedmont College, Emory University, Abilene Christian University, Tulane University, Waynesburg University, York College of Pennsylvania and Washington and Jefferson College.

Jon and his wife Karen live in Atlanta.