References

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
President
Lake Forest College

 

“Working with Napier Search took a great deal of stress out of the search process.  From the start, Mary and her team took an interest in getting to know Rollins and our staff so they could help identify the best fit candidate pool for us.  She really listened to our hopes and needs for the position.  I also appreciated that Mary and her team were always available and willing to talk through our questions about the search.  In the end, we had an impressive pool of candidates and are so happy with the outcome.”

Faye Tydlaska
Vice President for Enrollment Management
Rollins 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.
President
Saint Vincent College

 

“Napier provided a variety of promising candidates for the position and, ultimately, helped us find the perfect fit for our team. Their ability to hear our needs and deliver on their commitment to find the right candidate was precisely what we needed. They curated an applicant pool that lived up to our professional standards, complemented our office culture and made the hiring decision a simple one.”

Dr. Ruthanne M. Madsen
Vice President for Enrollment Management
Emerson 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
President
Ohio Wesleyan University

 

“We could not have achieved our extraordinary results at Trinity College without Napier Executive Search.  From the start, they were thoughtful, inquisitive, and eager to help us meet our ambitious goals.  They took the time to understand our institutional culture, missions and values.  For them, it’s not enough to fill the position, it’s about finding the right institutional “fit.”  After an extensive listening tour, they delivered an outstanding pool of candidates.  Their individualized approach to the process led us to hire an outstanding enrollment leader whose goals, values, and work-ethic are directly in line with ours.  I couldn’t be more pleased with Napier’s services.”

Dr. Angel B. Perez
Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success
Trinity College

 

“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

 

“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

 

 

“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