Prior to Collegiate Counsel, Jon served as president of his previous firm and personally led more than forty presidential searches for such colleges as 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, Presbyterian College, Averett University, Catawba College, Concord University and King College.
He has also conducted presidential searches for various other 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.
McRae also personally led searches for cabinet level officers at such institutions as 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.
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, New York.
Rick brings to the search process his on-the-job experience with the special nature and particular challenges of leadership in higher education. 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.
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.