, President, has personally conducted hundreds of executive searches for presidents and other leaders in liberal arts and regional colleges/universities, independent schools, and not-for-profit organizations. In 2007, he served as Chair of the Executive Search Roundtable of the American Council on Education, having been an active member of the group since its inception. He has been supportive of the Association of Governing Boards, the Council of Independent Colleges, the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States and other related organizations. He served as a Trustee at Riverside Military Academy for twelve years where he served as Secretary of the Board, Chair of the Trustee Governance Committee and a long-term member of the Executive Committee. Jon is a graduate of Davidson and is one of the longest serving executive search consultants in higher education.
, PhD, Senior Vice President, knows liberal arts colleges from the perspectives of student, professor, and leader. A graduate of Hamilton, he taught at Dickinson, served as Provost of Emory & Henry, and held the presidencies of both Illinois College and Averett, which named him President Emeritus in 2008. Following his return to upstate New York, he taught at Hartwick College and the State University of New York at Albany.
After earning his PhD in U.S. Diplomatic History at the University of Virginia, Rick published articles and books on national security policy, the Atomic Energy Commission, and U.S. relations with Iran. He shares his expertise on Islam, Iran and the Middle East through frequent appearances on WAMC, the national public radio station in Albany, NY.
Rick brings to the search process his on-the-job experience with the special nature and particular challenges of leadership in liberal arts colleges. During his 15 years as a college president, he held the full portfolio of executive responsibilities – working with the Board, raising money, selecting and developing vice presidents, managing financial and physical resources, and setting a guiding vision. He is a Vietnam-era veteran and joined Collegiate Counsel in 2012.
, PhD, Senior Vice President, has over thirty years of combined experience at public and private institutions, over half of which were at the provost/vpaa level. He retired after 14 years from the University of Montevallo (Alabama’s Public Liberal Arts University) where he was named Provost/VPAA Emeritus. Following retirement, he served for two years on an interim basis as Provost at Piedmont College.
He previously served at Lamar University for 17 years as Executive Assistant to the President for Planning & Coordination, Associate VPAA, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Chair of the Department of Sociology, Social Work, & Criminal Justice, and as a tenured faculty member. Wayne has organized and led numerous successful searches for campus executive and faculty positions, and has held leadership positions in the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC).
After earning his PhD in Human Development & Family Studies at The Pennsylvania State University where he was National Institute on Aging Fellow, Wayne published over 40 refereed articles and was named a Fellow by the Gerontological Society of America. He also received Lamar University’s Regents’ Merit Award for classroom teaching and was a recipient of the Arts and Sciences Outstanding Researcher Award. He earned his undergraduate degree in political science and history with honors from Lamar University and his master’s degree in sociology from Stephen F. Austin State University.
Wayne brings a unique and practical blend of exceptional academic credentials, a breadth and depth of administrative experiences, and sound insights to the search process. He joined Collegiate Counsel in 2012.
Ilani Blanke, Research Associate - graduated from the College of Charleston's Honors College, with a degree in English Literature, and subsequently received her Master of Arts in Teaching from Mercer University. She has taught for three years at secondary and college levels, and recently completed her M.A. in Religious Studies at Georgia State University. In addition to her recent role as a Graduate Instructor at GSU, Ilani has administrative experience with Atlanta real estate firms and as a legal secretary for the City of Edinburgh Council in Scotland through a student work program in 2006-2007. Ilani joined Collegiate Counsel, Inc. in 2012.