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Human Resources Guidelines

Once you have identified the executive search firm you will collaborate with, please be sure to

  1.  ​Contact PACS to ensure appropriate procurement and contracting procedures are followed. 

All expenses for search firms and sourcing specialists should be posted to the following Object Codes in UAccess Financials: 

  • 3480 - Search Firm Services - Fees paid for services to search firms or sourcing specialists used by the University to find eligible candidates for open positions. (Example, fees paid to a consulting firm involved in a search committee)
  • 3481 - Search Firm Travel - Payment for a search firm’s or sourcing specialist’s lodging or travel expenses incurred in connection with an employment search committee. (Example: Hotel or Travel agency)
  1. Notify the Division of Human Resources of your search firm selection.
  • Human Resource will create a posting on your behalf that mirrors the announcement created by the search firm. The posting will serve as a recruitment record and advertisement, but will not collect candidates. Through the posting, interested applicants will be provided with information on the application process and the contact information for the appropriate search firm. 
  • HR will work with the selected firm to ensure the appropriate Equal Employment Opportunity data is collected during the recruitment process. 
  1. Notify Human Resources when the selection process is finalized.
  • Human Resources will close the posting and record the final candidate’s name. 
  • Human Resources will send a survey to the search committee chair and supervisor, requesting feedback on the quality of the search firm.  

Involving Human Resources in each step of the process allows our team to maintain metrics on the frequency of use for each search firm as well as the quality of the firm's service. Additionally, it ensures that the University of Arizona is able to fulfill its Equal Employment Opportunity reporting requirements.  For more information, contact Lisa Gundy at

Search Firms under Contract with the University of Arizona

The University of Arizona has established contracts with 13 search firms, offering a range of services from full retained searches to more limited assistance developing a candidate pool. These firms represent a range of expertise and price points.

UA units may use any of these firms simply by completing a scope of work statement, including project cost, and submitting it as an attachment to the requisition/purchase order in KFS to Procurement and Contracting Services (PACS). The award of RFP L061602 greatly streamlines the process of selecting a search firm.

The University is not limited to the firms on these list. Departments may choose to use a different vendor by following standard PACS procedures. If you wish to seek competitive quotes yourself, or if the fee may be more than $100,000.00, meaning formal quotes are needed, please contact Procurement & Contracting Services at 520-621-1747 for explanation of and assistance with the process.

For more information about these search firms, contact Lisa Gundy at or (520) 621-7705.

Scope of Work Statement

The scope of work may take any form, but should provide the following information:

  • Anticipated dates of service
  • General description of services to be provided
  • Project milestones, if any
  • Total cost
  • Reference RFP L061602

Executive Search Firms Approved under RFP L061602

Firm Name Address Contact Person
Academic Search

1825 K St. NW, Ste. 705
Washington, DC 200006

Jessica S. Kozloff, PhD
(202) 332.4049

Greenwood/Asher & Associates

42 Business Center Dr., Ste. 206
Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Dr. Jan Greenwood
Dr. Betty Turner Asher
(850) 650.2277 (office)
(202) 746.6987 (cell)

Helbling & Associates

Exclusively works in facilities, construction, engineering, and real estate development

9000 Brooktree Rd., Ste. 150
Wexford, PA 15090

Thomas J. Helbling, President
(724) 935.7500 x 103 (office)
(724) 272.6556

Higher Talent

Specializes in fundraising, marketing and communications, constituent/alumni relations, external affairs, and related areas

5425 Wisconsin Ave., Ste. 600
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Diane Charness
(301) 320.9007

Human Capital Group

1612 Westgate Cir., Ste. 112
Brentwood, TN 37027

Diane M. Fennig, PhD
Senior Consultant
(678) 234.1196

Myers McRae

515 Mulberry St., Ste. 200
Macon, GA 31201

Emily Parker Myers, President & CEO
(478) 747.6432 (cell)
(478) 330.6222 (office)

Kenny Daugherty, Executive Vice President
(478) 747.0528 (cell)
(478) 330.6222 (office)

Opus Partners

1700 Sansom St., Ste. 1100
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Craig Smith, PhD
(215) 790.1188 x 222 (office)
(215) 370.8910 (cell)

Parker Executive Search

5 Concourse Parkway, Ste. 2900
Atlanta, GA 30328

Laurie C. Wilder, President

R. H. Perry & Associates

2607 31st St. NW
Washington, DC 20008

Mr. Paul G. Doeg, COO
206 E. Chestnut St.
Asheville, NC 28801
(406) 220.2129


6512 Painter Ave.
Whittier, CA  90601

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
(562) 360.1712

Summit Search Solutions

Bid and accepted on sourcing model: Will source a candidate pool and provide specific desired services

P.O. Box 9824
Asheville, NC 28815

Carrie Coward, President
(828) 669.3850

Wheless Partners

Mabry Smith, President & Managing Partner
(800) 448.0926 x 119 
(205) 870.1550 x 119


2015 Spring Rd., Ste. 510
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Karen Otto
Managing Partner and Practice Leader, Academic Medicine and Health Sciences
(630) 990-1370

Executive Search Firm Approved under RFP L051707 

Contract expires October 5, 2022

Firm Name Address Contact Person
Russell Reynolds Associates

155 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 4100
Chicago, IL 60606

Charles M. Falcone
Global Leader, Education Practice & ​Managing Director, Healthcare
Office: (312) 993-0752
Mobile: (847) 942-8968

Executive Assistant: Sharon Pierce

Search Firms under Contract with ASU

Arizona State University completed an RFP process to place executive search firms under contract. University of Arizona employees may use these firms under ASU's contract.

Executive Search Firms Approved under ASU RFP #091703