Presidential Search

Search Firm

R. H. Perry & Associates (RHPA) is one of the most respected, and most successful executive search firms in the country serving higher education. Established in 1974 by Robert H. Perry, RHPA has successfully completed nearly 1,000 assignments in its 41-year history.

The firm’s higher education practice consists of a group of senior-level executives with a well-balanced mix of college and university presidential experience and executive search expertise.  RHPA's staff is comprised of 14 senior executives who lead search assignments and a team of communications and due diligence specialists who support each search.

RHPA's approach to search is commitment to:

  • Devoting the time necessary to thoroughly understand the mission, philosophy, vision, and strategic and long-range plans of Elms College and, as a result, identifying and attracting optimally qualified candidates
  • Implementing a tailored, all-inclusive search process that ensures confidentiality, draws together the institution’s constituencies, and creates a mandate for the new President.
  • Conducting unusually stringent due diligence that affords the Presidential Search Committee and Board of Trustees comprehensive information, resulting in a more considered judgment in the final recommendation and selection process.
  • Maintaining RHPA's outstanding track record of placing leaders who not only meet, but exceed, the expectations of their communities.

RHPA believes that complete trust and communication is essential to establishing and maintaining a full partnership. We know that every step we take reflects upon the institution we serve and we strive to represent our client institutions in the highest ethical and professional manner.



MATTHEW J. KILCOYNE is the Managing Partner of R. H. Perry & Associates. Based in New York City, Matt has led, or been a team member, on over 200 presidential and senior administrative higher education search assignments. He focuses on all aspects of the search process, including needs analysis and the pre-search study; marketing, candidate identification and recruitment; evaluation and screening; candidate due diligence; and selection and transition.

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ROGER H. MARTIN, Ph.D., Senior Consultant, brings over 40 years of experience in higher education administration to our presidential search practice. Roger has teamed with Matt Kilcoyne in successfully completing eight presidential search assignments since 2013, including six for Catholic colleges and universities.

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Timeline &

Harry E. Dumay, Ph.D. Campus Visit

January 30-31, 2017

Mary K. Boyd, Ph.D. Campus Visit

January 25-26, 2017

Sean J. Ryan, Ed.D. Campus Visit

January 23-24, 2017

Semi-Finalist Candidate Interviews Scheduled

December 17-18

Semi-Finalist Candidates Selected

December 5

RH Perry Campus Visit

September 21-22