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Search Firms under Contract

Human Resources Guidelines

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

  1. Notify the Division of Human Resources of your search firm selection.
  1. 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. 
  2. 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.
  1. Human Resources will close the posting and record the final candidate’s name. 
  2. 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

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 #091203

Note that this contract expires July 31, 2018.

Firm Name Address Contact Person
Cizek Associates, Inc. 2415 E. Camelback Rd., Ste. 700
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Marti J. Cizek

Creative Circle, LLC 40 E Rio Salado Parkway, Suite 505
Tempe, AZ 85281
Malerie Diamante
Duffy Group, Inc.​ 4727 E Union Hills Dr, #200
Phoenix, AZ 85050
Kathleen Duffy Ybarra
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. 42 Business Center Dr, Ste 206
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
Jan Greenwood
Betty Asher
Helbling & Associates, Inc. 8000 Brooktree Road, Suite 100
Wexford, PA 15090
Thomas J. Helbling
724-935-7500 x 103
The Hollander Group 1321 East 56th Street, #13
Chicago, IL 60637
Sharon Flynn Hollander
Opus Search Partners, Inc. 1700 Sansom St, Ste 1100
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Jim C. Hess
R. William Funk & Associates 2911 Turtle Creek Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75219
R. William Funk
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates 6512 Painter Avenue
Whittier, CA 90601
Alberto Pimentel
Tower Hunter 4550 E Bell Road, Building 4
Phoenix, AZ 85032
Terry Hindmarch