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Executive Search Announcement

Keeling & Associates,  LLC (K&A) is excited to announce an expansion of our team of Senior Consultants,  with the addition of Dr. Almeda Rogers Jacks — and the inauguration of a significant new service: executive searches for Senior Officers (Vice Presidents or Vice Chancellors) in Student Affairs and/or Enrollment Management,  and for Student Affairs development officers. Dr. Jacks will lead this new service,  which augments K&A’s established program of assistance to institutions searching for new directors for student health and counseling services.

Almeda Jacks is joining the senior consulting team following 31 years of service at Clemson University, including 14 years as Vice President for Student Affairs and several years teaching in the College of Education. Dr. Jacks is well known in the Southeast and across the United States for her experience as a senior Student Affairs officer; her ongoing and valuable service to the field of student affairs, and especially NASPA — Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and the NASPA Foundation; her consulting experience; and her service as a peer evaluator for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

The combined experience and expertise of Dr. Jacks and Richard P. Keeling, M.D., Principal and Senior Executive Consultant, form the framework for a uniquely qualified and responsive recruiting service that complements, informs, and adds value to established in-house search processes. K&A’s services sidestep the extensive costs and lack of control that often accompany the recruiting process. Instead, we offer a consultative approach that is mission-oriented and focused on improving overall outcomes in higher education; recruiting is therefore a means to an end, rather than an end in itself.

K&A also provides executive consultation, coaching, and transition support to newly appointed placements (both interim and permanent). Given the extensive service of our senior consultants in executive roles in higher education, K&A can offer a developmental and well informed perspective to both new and experienced leaders and administrators as a way of advancing their own unique potential while increasing the probability of their success in their new roles. Having the “right” person in a student affairs leadership role facilitates collaboration and can help build strong bridges between the divisions of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs to promote student success.

Download our Recruiting Services PDF Handout

For more information, contact Dr. Almeda Jacks, Senior Consultant

Telephone: 212-229-4750



Delaware Prevention & Behavioral Health Forum


Rich Keeling addressed over 500 educators, youth advocates and health and mental health professionals from throughout Delaware at the recent annual Delaware Prevention and Behavioral Health Form sponsored by the Delaware Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services of the Department of Education.

Dr. Keeling’s address was titled “Healthy Body, Healthy Mind: The Gateway to Student Success.” Conference participants who wish to review the recorded Apple Keynote through the a web browser or the followup workshop (Keynote file only) may do so by clicking here. (Explain access process and file type.)

More information about the conference and it’s sponsors can be found at: .


Rich Keeling Reappointed to CAS Board of Directors

Principal and Senior Executive Consultant Richard Keeling has been reappointed as a Public Director of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). CAS, a consortium of 41 professional associations in higher education representing more that 100,000 professionals, works “to promote the improvement of programs and services to enhance the quality of student learning and development.

CAS provides invaluable service and leadership in higher education, creating and maintaining standards of practice, learning and developmental outcomes, characteristics of excellence and self assessment guidelines for essential student and university functions critical for student learning and success.

Rich believes deeply in the mission of CAS, placing it at the core of K&A’s philosophy in consulting practice and scholarship. He joined the CAS Board of Directors in 2005 and his current appointment extends his service on the Board through 2014.

For more information on the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education, visit


Service Update: Review and Renewal of Career Services

K&A has often done reviews of career services for both private and public institutions as part of comprehensive reviews of divisions of student affairs. Recently, we have also had projects that are specifically focused on the review and renewal of career services offices and organizations, wherever they are administratively located. In support of those projects, we have completed detailed comparative institutional research and reviewed and summarized the most important recent professional literature.

We can now provide this additional consulting service to old and new clients. Reviews of career services offices have increasing importance given changes in the world of work; “job,” “position,” and “career” have new and different meanings. A transformational approach to career services can better educate and prepare students for success after college.

Please contact us if you have questions or would like to discuss a possible project.


K&A Contributes Foundational Chapter to new Oxford University Press Handbook

“Biological Basis for Learning and Development Across the Lifespan” in The Oxford Handbook of Lifelong Learning.

“Learning, at any age, is a neurobiological process, occurring through alterations in the microscopic structure and functioning of the brain — suggests that the mind and brain are one.”

Our longstanding interest in the neurobiological basis of learning and our focus on the key implications of advances in research in the neurosciences for the organization and support of teaching and learning in higher education are emphasized in our chapter contribution to a new Oxford University Press Psychology Library Handbook:  The Oxford Handbook of Lifelong Learning. The chapter, Biological Bases for Learning and Development Across the Lifespan was written by Richard P. Keeling, M.D., Jennifer Stevens Dickson, Dr.P.H., and Trey Avery.

Written for educators and anyone concerned about the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning, the chapter provides an essential, yet accessible overview and synopsis of key advances in the neuroscience relative to understanding learning as a neurobiological process and identifies the implications these advances have relative to the need for reassessment of many structures, policies, and practices in the organization and delivery of education for learners of all ages.

The book is the latest volume in the Oxford Library of Psychology Series and is edited by Manuel London, Ph.D., of Stony Brook University. It is a comprehensive and interdisciplinary examination of learning across the lifespan. More information about the book and how to purchase copies can be found on the Oxford University Press website.


K&A Staff Contributes to Rentz’s Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education, (4th Edition)

Rentz’s Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education, (4th Edition)

Chapter 13: Student Health

“First and foremost, college health programs are learning support services that help students achieve their academic, intellectual, and personal potential by strengthening health and well-being and removing barriers to learning.”

Richard Keeling, M.D., Jennifer Stevens Dickson, Dr. P.H., and Trey Avery — collaborated with Edward Whipple, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs at Bowling Green State University, to prepare the chapter on student health programs for the new, (4th edition) of Rentz’s Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education published by Charles C. Thomas Press on January 31st, 2011.

The chapter provides a comprehensive description of the organization, structure, administration, operations, programs and services, best practices, and resources in student health programs. Drawing upon Dr. Keeling’s on-campus experience leading complex health-related programs and services and on our experience of having completed comprehensive organizational and operational reviews of more than 80 college and university health and mental health programs, the new chapter emphasizes the critical importance of the organization and delivery of student health services within the context of academic mission and the support of student learning and success.

The new edition provides an up-to-date authoritative reference on current student affairs practice. As with the previous editions, the new text will continue to be a key resource for students in graduate programs of higher education administration, educational leadership, and college student personnel professional preparation programs.