May 2021
Transition and Onboarding Services
A leadership change represents a critical time for tending to the needs and priorities of boards, senior leadership teams, and other campus constituencies, and a smooth transition and onboarding requires planning. We work with our institutional partners in the creation and execution of a custom-made, well-structured transition and onboarding plan that will quickly acclimate a new leader to key stakeholders and the campus and broader communities and is tailored to the specific needs and contexts of the institution and the new leader. Our goal is to create a unique transitional period that helps institutional and organizational leaders to effectively hand off the baton from one leader to the next, to support a gracious and celebratory exit of the outgoing leader, and to prepare the campus community for the entrance and long-term success of a new leader. To learn more about our Transition & Onboarding services, please contact Vice President and Senior Consultant Maya Ranchod Kirkhope.
Introducing New Senior Consultant
We are pleased to introduce Gwendolyn Joseph as our newest senior consultant. Dr. Joseph served most recently as the interim president/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for two-year colleges in Montana, Kentucky, and Arizona. She also brings experience as a Vice President with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), where she provided leadership, support, and services to the 16 independently accredited, comprehensive community colleges that were part of KCTCS. 
Podcast: Leaders on Leadership with Jay Lemons
Jay Lemons is joined by his mentor and former boss, John Casteen, president emeritus of the University of Virginia, and takes the opportunity to reflect on some of the important advice Mr. Casteen offered him as he began his leadership journey. Mr. Casteen discusses the impact desegregation and the civil rights movement had on his approach to creating opportunity and educational equity throughout his career. He also shares the key skills and attributes he looked for when building his leadership team.
Jay Lemons talks with Dr. Daniel Greenstein, Chancellor of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, who reflects on his career path and how it led him to be a passionate advocate for affordable, accessible higher education. Dr. Greenstein also discusses important qualities needed for strategic leadership, including data-informed decision-making, accountability, transparency, and empathy.

Featured Appointments
Vice President for
Academic Affairs
D’Youville College
Dean of the School
of Business
Meredith College
Provost and Chief
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Associate Dean
University of North Texas at Dallas, College of Law
Houghton College
Dean of the College of
Arts and Sciences
University of Alaska Anchorage
University of Redlands
Dean of the College
of Engineering
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Dean of the LaPenta
School of Business
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Provost and Senior
Vice President for
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Since joining Academic Search in 2016, Dr. Shirley Robinson Pippins has facilitated a number of searches that have resulted in the selection of historic firsts for the institutions. In addition to consulting, she dedicates her time to serving on Academic Search’s Steering Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and she is actively involved in identifying and developing diverse talent necessary to achieve and sustain excellence in higher education through her work facilitating various higher education leadership programs. She currently serves as a faculty member for The Executive Leadership Academy at UC Berkeley, has supported ACE’s Regional Women’s Leadership Forum as well as Spectrum Aspiring Leaders Program, and continues to work with former AACC higher education leaders to design and provide a leadership opportunity for women leaders through A2MEND. She plays a similar leadership role in a program designed for diverse professionals through the California State University, Fullerton’s Leadership Institute for Tomorrow (LIFT) and has served as a co-facilitator for HERS’s Next Stages Next Steps.