Client Testimonials

We are privileged to continually partner with diverse colleges and universities in leading and managing both permanent and interim executive searches. Below you can learn more about K&A executive search services directly from our clients.


Jeremy Travis
President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

“We’ve been working with Keeling & Associates on issues of retention—they designed a strategic retention plan for us—and then we asked K&A to come back to help us design our institutional Master Plan which they did with wonderful results. When the time came to recruit for a new Vice President for Student Affairs, it was brought to my attention that K&A does executive searches. It made a lot of sense for us to hire them because they know our institution, we have a lot of respect for them, and they have a lead search consultant (Dr. Almeda Jacks) with a great deal of experience serving in a Vice President for Student Affairs role. So, it came out of a long-standing relationship with two key engagements on matters of importance to the College. I was delighted to turn to K&A to fill this important position and we are very pleased with the outcome.

“I think there were three key ingredients to this relationship that worked well for us. First, at the level of the President, there was a lot of attention paid to our institutional situation and the profile of the desirable qualities of a successful candidate. K&A paid attention to what I was looking for in terms of institutional priorities, which made all the difference in the world and gave me confidence when the search was underway that they would find the right person. Secondly, K&A was very attentive to the campus process and constituencies so that they also felt that at the end of the day that their concerns had been paid attention to, their input was heard, and that they were able to have a constructive role in the process. And finally, K&A was also very effective in communicating to the candidates what John Jay College was all about.”  

“Keeling & Associates should take a lot of pride in both the interim and permanent placements here. Tom Stafford (Interim VPSA) was exactly what we needed — high energy, a true professional, students loved him, and he engaged people immediately on arrival and handled a number of difficult issues. Lynette Francis (permanent VPSA) is just a dream come true for us.”


Patricia S. Terrell, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Idaho State University 

“We needed to fill a very high profile administrative position in enrollment management. After two failed searches conducted on our own, we turned to Keeling & Associates for several reasons. First, we knew that they were experts on higher education issues; their staff had extensive experience on college campuses in significant leadership roles, including the chief student affairs officer position; and they had access to a diverse, highly qualified candidate pool. They fast-tracked our search and within several months we had a new director on board who hit the ground running and hasn’t stopped since. I would definitely use Keeling for another search where time and financial resources are limited and credentials and experience are essential.”



Ceceilia O’Callaghan
Director of Planning and Administration
The College of New Jersey

“After struggling for more than a year to find the right leadership for our Disability Services area, Keeling & Associates was able to assist us in securing fantastically skilled interim and permanent assistance—both of whom have made immediate contributions to our campus.”