Summit Search Solutions is a boutique executive search firm serving the unique needs of the higher education and nonprofit sectors. With specialized experience since 2001, our search consultants have partnered with hundreds of institutions and organizations nationwide to identify and recruit top talent.
✓ Offices in California, Kansas, Maryland, New York, and North Carolina.
✓ Certified woman-owned small business.
✓ 220 placements made from 2017 – Q4, 2022. Over 70% of these placements identify as women or individuals from underrepresented groups.
✓ Clients include top-tier research universities, foundations, public colleges and universities, independent colleges, associations, membership organizations, and school districts.
✓ High value placed on collaboration, forthrightness, transparency, and 110% effort!
Founder Carrie Coward, a seasoned executive search professional, established Summit’s distinctive approach that combines Passion, Process, and Precision to achieve extraordinary outcomes for our clients. Our passion is evident in the ways we interact with customers and candidates, providing unparalleled service and building meaningful, collaborative, long-term relationships. We harness that passion by following a proven process that includes developing and implementing thoughtful and tailored recruitment strategies for each unique search. And, in all we do, we focus on meeting each client’s objectives with great precision—a standard that has fueled a returning-client rate of more than 90%.
Our clients include: University of Arizona, University of Utah, University of Georgia, University of Pittsburgh, Portland State University, Ball State University, University of Wyoming, Idaho State University, Chicago State College, Oregon Health & Science University, National Louis University, Lewis & Clark College, Reed College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Skidmore College, Roger Williams University, EDUCAUSE, WICHE,…and more.
Summit is committed to providing diverse candidate slates to our clients. Diversity sourcing is first and foremost about caring authentically about the need to proactively reach out to individuals from underrepresented and marginalized groups. Next, caring must translate into sourcing tactics that are implemented thoroughly. Summit guarantees that we will discuss diversity sourcing needs with each client for every search. We promise to create and implement a sourcing strategy that includes specialized diversity outreach that addresses the needs and aspirations of each organization and institution.
As a company, we have joined with the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC) and signed the AESC Diversity Pledge.
Summit Search Solutions is proud to be a prominent executive search firm named in Hunt Scanlon’s Top 50 for Higher Education search and Top 60 for Non-Profit search which includes mission-driven organizations.
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