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Academic Search’s primary concern during this challenging time is for you, our partner institutions. We are committed to the health and safety of all the stakeholders in a search or consulting partnership. Whatever your needs, we are available to help you think through leadership challenges and/or transitions. For the timing being, the team will not travel as we follow recommended state and national guidelines. In the meantime, our team has always had the ability to virtually manage all aspects of a search or consulting partnership and will continue to do so. Like you, we have enhanced technological capacity and training to ensure that we can meet increased needs. On behalf of everyone at Academic Search, we stand ready to be of assistance as we all take care of one another in the weeks and months ahead.

Bloomfield College

Recent Placements

President
Simpson College announces Marsha Kelliher, J.D. as its first female president, effective June 1, 2020. She currently serves as President & Chief Executive Officer of Walsh College in Troy, Michigan. Previously, Kelliher served for four years as Dean of the Sigmund Weis School of Business at Susquehanna University. Joining St. Edward’s University in 1994, she has served as Assistant Professor, Coordinator/Interim Dean of the MBA Program, Dean of the Graduate School of Management, and Dean of the School of Business and Management. Under her leadership, six new domestic majors and six new domestic graduate programs were launched.
Marsha Kelliher
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Recent Placements

Vice President for Enrollment Management
Grant Greenwood will oversee the admission and financial aid departments, as well as the Dyess Testing Center. He will assume his new position on June 1, 2020. Greenwood has ten years of higher education enrollment management experience. Most recently, he has served as the Director of Admission at Hardin-Simmons University, managing all recruiting and operation efforts for new undergraduate and graduate student enrollment
Grant Greenwood
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Recent Placements

Provost and Dean of Faculty
Germic, a Michigan native, comes to Aquinas from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana, where he has served as provost and academic vice president since 2014. During his tenure he helped Rocky Mountain College increase its graduation rate and steadily rise in prominence to become the #2 value among similar institutions in the West.
Dr. Stephen Germic
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Recent Placements

Dean of the College of Education
Mark will join UNK this summer, transitioning from his current position as associate dean of the College of Education and Human Services and associate professor of secondary education, department of curriculum and instruction, at Texas A&M University-Commerce
Dr. Mark J. Reid
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Recent Placements

Provost
Kapinus came to Texas Woman’s in 2017 from Ball State University to head the university’s Graduate School. At Ball State, Kapinus held the posts of graduate school dean, graduate school assistant dean, and several faculty posts.
Carolyn Kapinus
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Recent Placements

Dean of the School of Nursing
Dr. Vickie Shields, Provost and Executive Vice President of Nevada State College, is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. June Eastridge as the college’s next Dean of the School of Nursing. Dr. Eastridge joined the college in 2014 as a nursing faculty member and has served as Interim Dean since April 2019.
Dr. June Eastridge
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Recent Placements

Chief Financial Officer
The University of the Incarnate Word is proud to announce that, after a nationwide search and with the unanimous approval of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Barbara Aranda-Naranjo has been selected as Provost/Chief Academic Officer and Dr. Darrell Hayden has been selected as Chief Financial Officer/Vice President for Administrative Services.
Dr. Darrell Hayden
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Recent Placements

Dean of the School of Education
Dr. Alamillo will assume the role of Dean of the School of Education effective July 8, 2020. She is currently the Interim Dean of Education and a professor of literacy studies and childhood education with expertise in bilingual education at Fresno State University. Also at Fresno State, she previously served as Associate Dean for the School of Education and Human Development and spent two years chairing the Department of Literacy, Early, Bilingual and Special Education.
Dr. Laura Alamillo
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Recent Placements

President
Dr. Jack Thomas, an internationally-recognized scholar and higher education administrator, was named Central State University’s 9th president today. Dr. Thomas said he was drawn to Central State because of its history and potential. "As I learned about Central State University, I felt that this was a very special institution and one where I could contribute the most to its future success," he said. "This has been a long yet rewarding process, and I thank you for selecting me as your next President."
Dr. Jack Thomas
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Recent Placements

Vice President for Academic Affairs
Michael Palladino will be the new Vice President for Academic Affairs starting May 1st. He is currently the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Professor of Biology at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ. He received his B.S. in Biology from Trenton State College (now known as The College of New Jersey) and earned a Ph.D. in Anatomy and Cell Biology from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He started his career as a faculty member in the Biology Department at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ.
Michael Palladino
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Recent Placements

President
Simpson College announces Marsha Kelliher, J.D. as its first female president, effective June 1, 2020. She currently serves as President & Chief Executive Officer of Walsh College in Troy, Michigan. Previously, Kelliher served for four years as Dean of the Sigmund Weis School of Business at Susquehanna University. Joining St. Edward’s University in 1994, she has served as Assistant Professor, Coordinator/Interim Dean of the MBA Program, Dean of the Graduate School of Management, and Dean of the School of Business and Management. Under her leadership, six new domestic majors and six new domestic graduate programs were launched.
Marsha Kelliher
Vice President for Enrollment Management
Grant Greenwood will oversee the admission and financial aid departments, as well as the Dyess Testing Center. He will assume his new position on June 1, 2020. Greenwood has ten years of higher education enrollment management experience. Most recently, he has served as the Director of Admission at Hardin-Simmons University, managing all recruiting and operation efforts for new undergraduate and graduate student enrollment
Grant Greenwood
Provost and Dean of Faculty
Germic, a Michigan native, comes to Aquinas from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana, where he has served as provost and academic vice president since 2014. During his tenure he helped Rocky Mountain College increase its graduation rate and steadily rise in prominence to become the #2 value among similar institutions in the West.
Dr. Stephen Germic
Dean of the College of Education
Mark will join UNK this summer, transitioning from his current position as associate dean of the College of Education and Human Services and associate professor of secondary education, department of curriculum and instruction, at Texas A&M University-Commerce
Dr. Mark J. Reid
Provost
Kapinus came to Texas Woman’s in 2017 from Ball State University to head the university’s Graduate School. At Ball State, Kapinus held the posts of graduate school dean, graduate school assistant dean, and several faculty posts.
Carolyn Kapinus
Dean of the School of Nursing
Dr. Vickie Shields, Provost and Executive Vice President of Nevada State College, is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. June Eastridge as the college’s next Dean of the School of Nursing. Dr. Eastridge joined the college in 2014 as a nursing faculty member and has served as Interim Dean since April 2019.
Dr. June Eastridge
Chief Financial Officer
The University of the Incarnate Word is proud to announce that, after a nationwide search and with the unanimous approval of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Barbara Aranda-Naranjo has been selected as Provost/Chief Academic Officer and Dr. Darrell Hayden has been selected as Chief Financial Officer/Vice President for Administrative Services.
Dr. Darrell Hayden
Dean of the School of Education
Dr. Alamillo will assume the role of Dean of the School of Education effective July 8, 2020. She is currently the Interim Dean of Education and a professor of literacy studies and childhood education with expertise in bilingual education at Fresno State University. Also at Fresno State, she previously served as Associate Dean for the School of Education and Human Development and spent two years chairing the Department of Literacy, Early, Bilingual and Special Education.
Dr. Laura Alamillo
President
Dr. Jack Thomas, an internationally-recognized scholar and higher education administrator, was named Central State University’s 9th president today. Dr. Thomas said he was drawn to Central State because of its history and potential. "As I learned about Central State University, I felt that this was a very special institution and one where I could contribute the most to its future success," he said. "This has been a long yet rewarding process, and I thank you for selecting me as your next President."
Dr. Jack Thomas
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Michael Palladino will be the new Vice President for Academic Affairs starting May 1st. He is currently the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Professor of Biology at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ. He received his B.S. in Biology from Trenton State College (now known as The College of New Jersey) and earned a Ph.D. in Anatomy and Cell Biology from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He started his career as a faculty member in the Biology Department at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ.
Michael Palladino

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