SUCCESS STORIES

Kurt Ruch 

Director of Athletics & Recreation
George School, Newtown, PA  

“It is hard to put into words what The Finney Search Group has done for me and my family. From the first moment I spoke with members of the group I felt comfortable in knowing they were going to look out for my best interests. They welcomed me like a member of their family and guided me through various parts of the search process.  

 

Their professionalism, experience, and knowledge of the independent school market cannot be measured. Throughout
my entire search they were able to assist my every need, answer all of my questions, and provide help when needed. 

 

My friendship with The Finney Search Group staff has grown, and I consider them as mentors and as family. I know I can email, text or call them and they will offer help or answers to my needs. They are a special group of people that takes care
of the individual they are working with, his or her family, and at the same time “looks out” for the school they are connecting with. 

 

Chris, Sherm and Bo – I owe you guys so much. You always connected me with a lead and gave me the truth – about the job, or my fit there. There is no way I can thank you or express my thanks – but please know I appreciate everything you guys have done for me and my family. THANK YOU – is not enough, but I am not sure what else to say. You guys are the best!! And I mean that. I spoke with the other groups and they cannot hold a candle to your group. Keep it up!!”

Joseph Viola 

Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Verbum Dei High School, Los Angeles, CA  

Chief Operating Officer, Crescent Capital

“We could not have been more pleased in hiring The Finney Search Group to source a new president for the Jesuit high school. The entire team was highly engaged, very professional, brought strong candidates for the committee to consider, and provided valuable counsel to the search committee. If the need arises, we would hire them again."

Henry Heil

Head of Upper School

Episcopal School of Dallas, Dallas, TX

“Having worked with The Finney Search Group both as a candidate and as a hiring school, I can say they do three things better than anyone:

1. They get to know candidates intimately.

2. They get to know you and your school inside and out.

3. They don't waste your time recommending candidates that don't fill your needs.

Every candidate I have hired from a Finney Search Group recommendation has proven to be an excellent colleague, an outstanding educator, and connected deeply with students. And for me, I landed in exactly the right spot and will be forever grateful to The Finney Search Group for helping me find that perfect match.”

Mark Desjardins

Headmaster

St. John’s School, Houston, TX

“It is with the highest level of enthusiasm that I recommend The Finney Search Group. In a time when consultants tend to tell you want you want to hear, and can be tone deaf to what you have to say, or even clueless about the conditions on the ground, The Finney Search Group represents real educators who offer thoughtful and insightful opinions and recommendations. First and foremost, they listen! 

 

Next, they ask probing and penetrating questions and truly get to know and understand the institutional needs for the position you are trying to fill. Finally, from the creation of the position paper to wrapping up the final recommendation calls, The Finney Search Group executes every stage of the search process with high levels of excellence. We have been impressed with their network and their uncanny capacity to draw candidates into a search. Moreover, they help to close the deal.

 

Professional, knowledgeable, affable, and fun to work with, The Finney Search Group should be at the top of every Head of School's call list when they are seeking the services of a national search firm.”

Head of School Search Committee

St. James Academy, Monkton, MD

“The St. James Academy Head Search Committee could not have been more pleased by the services provided by The Finney Search Group.  They were responsive to our needs and our timeline. They listened to our community and helped us find the best candidates for our school. At no point did we feel like we were involved in a cookie-cutter process or were being sent the "next man/woman up." At each juncture of the process, from developing the job description, community meetings, vetting the candidates, conducting the interviews, narrowing our selection, and finalizing our choice, our confidence in Sherm, Bo and Chris grew and our trust was rewarded.”

Johnnie Foreman

Gilman School Director of Community Inclusion and Equity

Recipient, 2014 NAIS Diversity Leadership Award

"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."

Gerry Wixted

History Teacher, Soccer & Basketball Coach

Woodberry Forest School, Orange, VA 

“The Finney Group team genuinely cared about me as both a professional and as a person. The lengths they went to get to know me made my profile so much more than just a resume. Thanks to their wide network I managed to end up at a school that matched my ambition, and I would never have made that connection without the Finney team’s guidance.”

Diana Parente

Director of Athletics

Flint Hill School, Oakton, VA 

“The Finney Search Group gave both myself and my family the most amazing opportunity.  We first met at Starbucks by my home and from there it was a match.  I was immediately comfortable and completely trusted that they were going to look out for my best interests throughout the hiring process.  Once I was hired they took the time to guide me through my transition, which was extremely helpful and helped set me up for success. I have been so impressed with their work that I have recommended them to all my colleagues in the independent school field.

More importantly, I consider everyone in the group my friend.  I know I can email, text or call them at any point on various topics, and they will help. They are epitome of professionalism and truly are a special group to work with.”

Andrew Martire

Head of School
The Tatnall School, Wilmington, DE

"At multiple schools, I have thoroughly enjoyed working with The Finney Search Group. Bo, Sherm and Chris are highly professional, responsive, and detail-oriented. Most of all, they give personalized service to the school. They truly make a concerted effort to get to know the school and discern its needs. With The Finney Search Group, I did not feel like I was just a number or run of the mill client as I have felt with other search firms. I always call them as soon as I have an opening and offer them my highest recommendation."

David Farace 

Head of School

McDonogh School, Owings Mills, MD

“The Finney Search Group's expertise, professionalism and deep understanding of independent school culture are unparalleled in the industry. I trust them implicitly and value their partnership.” 

Chris Bates

Manager of Auxiliary Programs and Boys' Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach

Episcopal Academy, Newtown Square, PA     

“I thoroughly enjoyed working with The Finney Search Group! Their attention to detail, getting to know me and my professional goals, coupled with their extensive knowledge of the marketplace and specific job descriptions, was exceptional! I recommend them to anyone looking to make the next, right move.”   

Charlotte Riggs

Head of School

St. James Academy, Monkton, MD

“It was a pleasure to work with the The Finney Search Group during my interview process. They are respected educators who understand and emphasize the importance of relationships within schools, and they look for the right fit. I received much support and guidance throughout the process, as well as generous time for questions and discussions. Everyone at The Finney Search Group attended my Head's Installation, which showed a personal commitment to their work, and was much appreciated.”

Meredyth Cole

Head of School

Lovett School, Atlanta, GA

“The Finney Search Group has a one-of-a-kind capacity to understand a school’s culture and its importance in candidate selection and fit. You all can read culture, and you have the emotional intelligence to read the candidates. That immediately creates a trusting relationship, and once trust is in place you can say what you believe to be true, and I can hear it. Because I respect you.”

Penny Evins

Head of School

Collegiate School, Richmond, VA

“It is a pleasure to work with The Finney Search Group. No matter the position, the people who work for the firm and the candidates they yield will enhance your school and broaden your mission delivery.”

Byron Hulsey

Head of School

Woodberry Forest School, Woodberry Forest, VA        

"More than most firms, The Finney Search Group adopts a personal approach to the work and understands the cultural ecosystem of the schools they serve. They are able to understand the identity of a school and the needs of each particular search, and then match those variables to strong candidates for their clients."