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Our Commitment 

Our Firm’s namesake, Reddy Finney, was an early, passionate pioneer
who instilled excellence in students of all colors, creeds, and
socioeconomic backgrounds. True to the principles and ideals of Mr. Finney, a priority of The Finney Search Group is supporting the efforts of schools to breathe life into their philosophical commitments to the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and social justice. 


We support these efforts in a number of ways:

  • Each member of our firm has undergone thorough and comprehensive training to mitigate the impact of implicit bias in the hiring process.

  • As our success in delivering diverse candidate pools has grown, our national network of diverse candidates has likewise expanded.

  • As part of the services offered for our Head of School searches, we offer training to our client schools' Search Committees on Implicit Bias in the Hiring Process.

  • Our Total Team Approach insures we always have multiple Finney Search Group partners assessing and vetting our candidates, in order to have more than one "set of eyes" at every stage of the process.

  • We go to great lengths to understand the skills and qualifications required for the position. We focus intensely on assessing candidates against those factors, while also considering diversity markers that are important to our client schools.

  • Rather than assessing a candidate's "cultural fit" to a school, we concentrate on whether a candidate is a "culture add" to the school, and how that person's values align with the school's values.

  • We are committed to ongoing training, reflection and discussion of the role of bias in the process of hiring.


Our commitment and resolve in this area has born fruit, as evidenced in the actual results from our placement history. We are proud that 57% of our total placements over the last 5 years have been women or people of color. 

To learn how we can support your school in this area, please contact Sherm Bristow at


"The name of the organization says it all. To know Mr. Finney is to understand the essence and mission of The Finney Search Group. Mr. Finney was an early, passionate pioneer who instilled excellence in students of all colors, creeds, and socioeconomic backgrounds. 

This group of professionals is passionate about their work, and they won't settle for placing any individual into a school's position. 


I offer my strongest recommendation of The Finney Search Group as a firm dedicated to helping schools reach their highest potential by providing the kind of people who can help them achieve that goal."

Johnnie Foreman

Gilman School Director of Community Inclusion and Equity

Recipient, 2014 NAIS Diversity Leadership Award

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