Carrie Coward, President of Summit Search Solutions

Carrie Coward


Carrie has close to  30 years of experience in human resources, executive search, and organizational development. Since 1997, Carrie has led hundreds of  searches for leadership positions. Carrie started Summit Search Solutions in 2009 with a mission to create a firm that would offer specialized and customizable search solutions to the higher education and nonprofit sectors. Carrie is passionate about education and about the impact that executive search work can have on mission-driven organizations.

Carrie left the corporate world in 1997 to join Duffy Group, Inc., a national search firm. Her early work encompassed corporate, nonprofit, and higher education clients, including several Fortune 1000 companies.

Carrie’s strong communication skills and ability to understand and meet her clients’ needs is evidenced in her record of repeat business. Carrie recalls, “I visited a graduate school last year that I have worked with for over a decade. When I walked into the room it struck me that four of the six executives participating in the president’s cabinet meeting were individuals I had placed. This school had grown exponentially in the last ten years; it does good work for society, for its community, and for individuals it graduates.  What a reward it is to be a part of it.”

Outside of her paid professional work, Carrie has served as a member of a school board and is on the leadership team of a regional women’s giving circle. She volunteers her time to train groups on search strategy and process and provides some pro-bono search work.  She enjoys the outdoors, performing arts, cooking, reading, and long-standing friendships.

Carrie is a native of Rochester, NY and a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Buffalo. Carrie and her family have lived in Asheville, NC since 2001.