Cumberland University


Presidential Search Committee selects RPA Inc. to aid in search



Cumberland University has retained the services of RPA Inc., an executive recruitment and consulting firm, to aid in the search for Cumberland’s next president.

Recently the Presidential Search Committee heard comprehensive presentations from various search firms and unanimously decided to engage RPA Inc.

RPA Inc., based in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, specializes in the recruitment of exceptional leadership talent for higher education environments. The firm has served numerous organizations including Michigan State University, Kansas Wesleyan University, Tennessee Wesleyan University, University of Richmond, and Mars Hill College.

“The search committee was impressed with RPA’s proposal and successful track record of identifying outstanding leadership,” said Ms. Jacqueline Cowden, Chairman of the Presidential Search Committee. “We are confident RPA will deliver on its commitment of attracting top-tier candidates, that will ultimately result in a visionary president to lead Cumberland.”

The search committee invested a significant amount of time researching the type of firms that would be best suited to work with Cumberland University.

“We wanted a search firm that had a lot of experience working with institutions like Cumberland.” said Mr. Bob McDonald, Chairman of the Board of Trust. “It is evident that RPA’s leadership and team members possess a passion for private liberal arts institutions like ours and I know through their expertise we will have a successful search.”

The next steps include a series of listening sessions with various members of the University community that will allow RPA representatives the opportunity to thoroughly understand the needs and wishes of the institution. They will also study the University’s most recent accreditation reports, enrollment data, strategic plan, and financial reports that will help shape the scope of the search process. This will allow the firm to identify quality candidates from a national pool.