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CarterBaldwin Executive Search Leveraged by Pepperdine University to Find a Director of Diversity

October 23, 2020 – The role of the director of diversity is expanding in universities across the country. In fact, it has become one of the most important positions in shaping the vision, culture and face of higher education institutions from coast to coast. Pandemic or not, higher education institutions need talent and these roles are now considered paramount for them.

CarterBaldwin Executive Search was recently hired by Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA, to lead the search for its inaugural Vice President of Community Membership and Director of Diversity. Founding partner Price Harding leads the task together with managing partner Andrea McDaniel Smith.

Pepperdine wants a collaborative, strategic, results-oriented, energetic and faithful Christian leader, the search firm said. This inaugural position will be a member of the senior management team, reporting and advising the president. He will be part of the management team of the university and will lead the university diversity council; partner with existing work related to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging; intentionally establishing relationships with university students, staff, and faculty.

"Pepperdine is in the middle of a strategic planning process and this executive will play a key role in implementing and advancing the university's ambitious goals related to diversity, inclusion and belonging," said CarterBaldwin. “He or she will join a leadership team that values ​​collegiality, collaboration and transparency. The ideal candidate will be able to articulate and frame a clear and compelling vision of community membership based on Christian faith and witness, and will be acquainted with best practices and academic knowledge in the field. ”

The search company said that this “position is an exciting opportunity to shape a leadership role in accordance with the university's mission and institutional needs and priorities. More broadly, the successful candidate will harness and curate thought leadership on issues related to diversity and community membership in the Pepperdine community and beyond and catalyze relevant conversations both within and outside of the global church. ”

The incoming leader should have substantial leadership or administrative experience, ideally in a university or other non-profit organization. The individual must have a meaningful job related to diversity in higher education. In addition, candidates should have demonstrated success in creating and managing relevant educational policies, initiatives, and programs. The university is also looking for someone to integrate the Christian faith with professional work, relying on a mature and authentic Christian faith and deep-seated theological commitments


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Ranked Top 50 National Universities by U.S. News & World Report, Pepperdine enrolls about 7,800 full-time and part-time students in its five colleges and schools with approximately 380 full-time teachers and more than 1,110 full-time employees. Pepperdine has five graduate campuses in Southern California, six permanent international campuses, and additional study and internship programs on six continents. Pepperdine has world-class programs for graduate and undergraduate studies, with 73 degree programs and a 12.5: 1 teacher / student ratio in five schools. Pepperdine's NCAA athletic program comprises eight men's and nine women's Division I teams, 13 national championships and 12 individual championships. Its graduates include 48 Olympians and six gold medalists.

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Headquartered in Atlanta, CarterBaldwin offers executive search services in the healthcare, technology, nonprofit, consumer services, industrial and media / telecommunications. Its clients include well-known brand institutions such as KPMG, ADP, Teradata, First Data, Duke University, New York Life, Fleet Pride and Berkshire Hathaway. The company is listed in the Top 50, Private Equity Power 75, and Top 40 Higher Education Search Firms, all rankings published by Hunt Scanlon Media.

CarterBaldwin Announces Search for Executive Director of Tyndale House Ministries

Tyndale House Ministries, one of the world's largest independent Christian publishers, has selected CarterBaldwin Executive Search to perform a global search for your new CEO. Since 1962, Tyndale has grown from a modest home-based operation to a major publishing company located in Carol Stream, IL. After 36 years at the helm of the organization, Tyndale House Ministries CEO Mark Taylor has announced his decision to retire in 2021.

The Tyndale Board of Directors has launched the search to identify a new CEO who can harness the strength of the past and confidently lead the organization into the future.

Mr. Harding has been a senior consultant on nearly 1,000 recruitment contracts for C-level leaders, officers and directors of private and publicly traded companies. He also co-directs CarterBaldwin's non-profit and college search practice.

Mrs. McDaniel Smith runs the CarterBaldwin office in Washington, D.C. and serves clients in the social sector, including non-profit organizations, universities, foundations and social enterprises. Before entering executive search, he gained extensive experience in public policy, public-private partnerships, and non-profit organizations.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, editor-in-chief; and Stephen Sawicki, editor-in-chief of Hunt Scanlon Media

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