Collegiate Counsel, Inc.


Collegiate Counsel  is founded on the principles of professional, practical and productive executive search. Our mission is to assist liberal arts colleges and universities in the recruitment of exceptional leaders who will enhance the distinctive mission and unique culture of each institution.

Since 1984, Collegiate Counsel's founder, Jon McRae, has served in higher education as an executive search consultant. He is nationally recognized as a leader in the profession, having personally completed searches for more than forty presidents and literally hundreds of senior administrators.

Colleagues in the firm are Drs. Richard Pfau and Wayne Seelbach, accomplished college and university administrators. Richard Pfau served as president of two liberal arts colleges and Wayne Seelbach served as provost and chief academic officer of a regional university and a private liberal arts college. Both have extensive and successful experience in attracting and evaluating leaders.

Why choose Collegiate Counsel?

  • Personal involvement of three seasoned professionals on each assignment, in support of designated-lead consultant
  • Broad and successful experience in higher education
  • Search practices are refined, comprehensive, flexible and cost effective
  • Excellence in reference and suitability evaluations
  • Unique commitment to liberal arts institutions