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. 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 Bachelor of Arts degree from Davidson College.
Over his career Jon has personally led more than forty presidential searches for many fine institutions 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.
He has also conducted presidential searches for 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 also personally led searches for cabinet officers at such institutions as Regis University, Davidson College, Mary Baldwin 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.