WE ARE GRATEFUL for references from colleges and universities pleased with our results.

“Napier Executive Search is an exceptionally professional, effective and efficient firm.  Lake Forest College hired the firm in 2015 to recruit our new Vice President for Enrollment, and I have never had a more successful search experience.  Despite intense competition for talent in the enrollment field, Mary Napier and her colleagues secured a remarkably strong slate of candidates for us to consider.  From start to finish, working nearly 24/7, Napier Executive Search completed the entire search in under four months.  We hired our first-choice candidate, and I am greatly pleased by the outcome.  I highly recommend Napier Executive Search.”

Stephen D. Schutt
Lake Forest College

“I would like to extend my thanks and warm recommendation for the work of Mary Napier and Nancy Benedict of Napier Executive Search, which recently assisted Saint Vincent College in our successful search for a new Dean of Admission.

Perhaps the best word to describe the work of the pair is “invested”. That investment began with the time they spent on campus to learn about the people and attributes that makes Saint Vincent and the student experience unique. It continued with their assistance with the preparation of the position announcement and timing of its release, through their careful assessment of the initial candidate pool and continued contact with both Saint Vincent’s internal search committee and the candidates.

Their experience and expertise were invaluable to us in finding a highly capable candidate who will be a good fit for this critical position. I would highly recommend Napier Executive Search as a partner for any institution seeking excellent candidates for a key, high-level post.”

Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B.
Saint Vincent College

“Mary Napier provided outstanding assistance in our search for a vice president of enrollment. She was effective in attracting candidates who were particularly well suited for our needs. She worked well with the search committee and with me. She was attentive to details throughout the process, from the first conversation about the development of a profile through the final negotiations with the candidate who was selected for the position. She is a consummate professional who understands enrollment management and the needs both of institutions and candidates who possess the capacities for leadership in this challenging work.”

Dr. Rock Jones
Ohio Wesleyan University

“Mary helped me transition from the role of director at a school in Florida to that of vice president at Spring Hill College. She really listened and got to know me as a person and as a professional, and helped guide me to the right fit. She gave me a clear picture of the process, the institution, and the people within the institution. Mary knows everyone in the industry and really does her research, so she won’t guide you to an interview process that won’t fit your needs or the school’s needs. The biggest value I found with Mary is her desire to always do the right thing. Her honesty and desire for the best for all parties are qualities that make her stand out. She is still a trusted resource for me, and there is no doubt she will be for years to come.”

Robert Stewart
VP of Admissions and Financial Aid
Spring Hill College


“It was a pleasure working with Mary Napier in our search for a director.  Due to her professional nature and warm personality, our entire campus was excited to be working with her.  Having the support of the many constituencies on campus made the search very smooth.  Mary is extremely organized which kept us on target.  She delivered a terrific slate of candidates and was very insightful as we narrowed down our choices.  She takes great pride in knowing the uniqueness of schools she works for and it shows in her work.”

John Sullivan
Vice President of Enrollment
Eckerd College

“My experience in working with Mary was positive from start to finish.  She listens and understands campus representatives when they describe the type of leader they are seeking.  She is honest about candidates’ strengths and weaknesses. I highly recommend Mary.  She is experienced, connected, and trustworthy.”

 Katherine Fell
The University of Findlay

“As a new president, I was a bit anxious about making my first senior leadership hire but I was lucky enough to partner with Mary Napier in this search and it could not have gone better.  Mary’s intuitiveness, candor, understanding of today’s enrollment environment, and genuine care for the people involved in the process was exceptional.  She led a process that was thorough, well organized, and most importantly, efficient.  The pool of candidates she cultivated and recruited was deep and diversified and ultimately led to an outstanding new vice president for Juniata College.  Through this partnership, I not only was able to hire an outstanding new vice president, I found an extraordinary colleague and resource in Mary Napier.”

James A. Troha, Ph.D.
Juniata College

“After years of stable leadership in our enrollment division, I suddenly found myself with three openings in senior leadership. Mary helped us with all three. At the strategic level, she helped us think through the proper timing and sequencing, and how to be effective and efficient in structuring search committees. She understood how busy we were and used a process that always allowed us to get our day-to-day work done. Mary is a seasoned professional. Her wealth of knowledge and experience will help you find the right person.”

Bill Edmondson
VP for Enrollment
Gannon University

“Simply put, Mary Napier and her colleagues set a new standard of consulting excellence in our recent and successful search for a new VP for Enrollment.  As chair of the search committee, I could not have been more pleased by the professionalism, proficiency, and unwavering commitment that Mary and her associate Lisa Bunders displayed throughout the search process or more proud of the final results.  Mary was invested in finding the perfect fit for our campus and her positive energy, quick response time, knowledge in the field, and overall warm personality made for a great experience.  I would highly recommend Napier Executive Search and do so with great confidence and pride.”

Jackie Slaats
Director of Athletics
Senior Advisor to the President
Lake Forest College

“Napier Executive Search proved very quickly that they know this business environment well—both the environment of enrollment management and the business of senior level searches. They attended immediately to understanding in good depth who NPU is…staying away from any notion that one-size-fits-all. I deeply appreciate this.

The team presented North Park well to the candidates prior to my contact with them. As I began my conversations with the candidates they always had a good initial grasp of North Park and of the position and of our areas of interest. And, finally, they recruited well…when we were trying to get our best candidate to say “yes” Mary and Nancy championed North Park.

I’m very happy to pass along to others the word of our good experience, and I’ll be quick to recommend Napier Executive Search to fellow presidents looking to fill leadership positions in enrollment management.” 

David L. Parkyn
North Park University


“What a pleasure it was to work with Mary Napier and Robin Reynders throughout our Director of Financial Aid search. They both took the time to develop an understanding of our institution and, in turn, identified a pool of exceptional candidates who all possessed unique qualities necessary to lead our financial aid operation.

Our search committee benefited greatly from their counsel and their professional insight allowed the process to move smoothly while also letting us stay true to an ambitious search timeline.

Mary’s commitment to a successful search was evident from Day 1 and the very positive end result was proof of the hard work and professionalism I hoped for when making the decision to partner with Napier and Associates.”

William J. Bisset, PhD
Vice President for Enrollment Management
Manhattan College