Hamilton Pierce is an executive search firm focused on partnering with higher education search committees to recruit, select, and on-board outstanding academic talent. Using best practices gleaned from years of executive search experience and extensive research on top search methodologies, our team of consultants will guide you through the process of identifying and selecting candidates who will make a strategic impact on your organization’s future.

Our pledge to you is that we will work with you to ensure that you are completely satisfied with our process, our support, and the result.  A better process, a better outcome, and a better value.

Our Consultants
We retain a network of seasoned professionals with experience in higher education, associations, and other mission driven organizations. Our team includes professionals who have accomplished the following:
  • Retired College President
  • Author of an award-winning book on the search process
  • Former Chief Human Resource Officer with a top 50 research university
  • Managing Partner of an Executive Recruiting Firm
  • Consultant with over 20 years of experience in executive selection
  • Chief HR officer of 4 colleges and universities
  • Experienced researcher and institutional effectiveness officer
Together we have conducted hundreds of searches for colleges, universities, community colleges, associations, and other diverse organizations. Let us put our experience to work for you.


Our Co-Founder
Christopher D. Lee, Ph.D., SPHR created the Better Search Committees method honed from over 20 years of perfecting the art of the search committee process.  Chris has served as the chief HR officer of a community college, a university, an elite private liberal arts college, and a state college system.  He has served as an internal and external consultant on hiring faculty and administrators and has trained personnel from over 125 colleges and universities on how to conduct a professional search.  He is the author of a Search Committees: A Comprehensive Guide to Successful Faculty, Staff, and Administrative Searches, and he is the founder of www.SearchCommittees.com–the web’s leading resource of search committee materials.  He leads a team of consultants dedicated to providing you a better process and a better outcome.



Dr. Betsy Boze, Retired College President

Marcia Harrington

Dr. Marcia Harrington, Researcher, Consultant



Dr. Sandra Cannon Scott, Retired Dean