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Isaacson, Miller

Founded in 1982, Isaacson, Miller is a national executive search firm dedicated to recruiting exceptional leadership for the nation’s civic infrastructure. Isaacson, Miller completes nearly 300 searches each year. Their clients include leading colleges and universities, foundations, human service agencies, research institutes, academic medical centers, economic development enterprises, arts and cultural groups, conservation and environmental organizations, and social justice and other national advocacy organizations. Almost all of their clients are not-for-profit organizations meeting demands of both mission and market.

Kathryn S. Barry


Kate’s practice at Isaacson, Miller focuses on academic leadership positions, including dozens of presidential searches for a wide range of clients. Since joining the firm 15 years ago, she has served Ivy League universities, liberal arts colleges, technology institutes, HBCUs and community colleges. Public and private institutions also look to Kate for provost and academic dean searches, with which she has extensive experience. The firm’s business school dean practice is bolstered by her many searches in the field.

Prior to joining the firm, Kate was assistant director of alumni relations at Union College. Her role as the regional director for the college’s largest alumni territories involved recruiting volunteers and cultivating donors. Before joining the alumni relations office, she worked in the college’s admissions office. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees at Union College.

Kate’s passion for higher education is rooted in its profound impact on society as a vehicle for social justice, producer of new knowledge, and engine for innovation and discovery. This motivates her to produce the highest-quality work and find the best matches to ensure the success of the diverse array of institutions she serves.

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Kaleigh Hoffman


Kaleigh Hoffman became an associate in 2019. She initially joined Isaacson, Miller in 2017 as part of the firm’s advancement practice and holds a strong passion for the firm’s dedication to placing exceptional leaders in the civic sector.

Prior to joining the firm, Kaleigh served as an administrative assistant in the Alumni Relations Department at Colby College.

Nate Davis

Senior Search Coordinator

Nate Davis joined Isaacson, Miller in 2018. Prior to joining the firm, Nate worked as a business intelligence analyst at EverQuote, an online marketplace for auto insurance, and as an analyst at Treacy & Company, a small management consulting firm in Needham, MA. Nate holds a BA in economics from Dartmouth College.