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Kenny DoughteryKenny Daugherty joined Myers McRae in 2008 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and was named President in 2016. Identifying and attracting highly qualified, undeclared candidates to searches is one of his specialty. 

His ability to relate to search committees and candidates stems from his 28 years of managerial experience in public and independent institutions. Throughout his career in higher education, he had responsibilities that involved interdepartmental cooperation and personnel management at multiple levels. He became known for his ability to assess candidates, which resulted in his placement on numerous search committees for professional staff and administrators across the university community.

His career in higher education administration began at the University of Alabama, where Mr. Daugherty served in the areas of facilities, planning, and services for Housing and Residential Life. During his 11-year tenure at the state flagship institution, he designed and managed the facility planning process that included a seven-year plan for building renovations, projects, and new construction, as well as developed, implemented, and maintained a building audit system for housing facilities. As a University Total Quality Management Facilitator, he led TQM teams in the Housing and Recreation departments. With student services, he also served as a judicial officer for the university.

In 1996, he joined Mercer University as Assistant Vice President for Development, steadily progressing in leadership roles to Vice President for Advancement Administration by 2003. He provided strategic management and planning for 10 operational areas including development, capital campaign, alumni services, public relations, government relations, records and research, admissions, and financial aid. Additionally, he had a major role in recruiting volunteer leadership and major contributors for Mercer University. During his career at Mercer, the university had a 35 percent growth in donors.

In the area of admissions, he assisted with the restructuring of the Admissions Office, including the development and implementation of recruiting and scholarship strategies for incoming undergraduates. In the first year of the restructuring and redesign, freshman enrollment increased by over 50 students making it the largest freshman class in Mercer history while SAT averages rose by 67 points.

Mr. Daugherty earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Mercer University. While in graduate school, he served as the Assistant Men's Basketball Coach, recruiting high school and junior college basketball players in the Southeast and Midwest and hiring and supervising the managerial staff.

Kenny Daugherty
Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting
Cell: (478) 747-0528 | Email:

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Tyler Trevor

MUS Deputy Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Chief of Staff

Roxanne Engellant

Executive Director, UMW Foundation and Alumni & Friends

Matt Raffety

Director of University Communications

John Xanthopolous

Faculty Senate Chair, Professor of Education

Ashley Carlson

Division Chair, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, Associate Professor of English

Michelle Anderson

Professor of Biology

Denise Holland

Associate Professor of Business & Technology

Jacob Kunze

Student Representative

Deb Creger

UMW Foundation Chair

Phil Willett

UMW Foundation Co-chair

Lindsay Woolley

Women’s Basketball Coach

Bill Dwyer

1st Vice President, MFPE

Margo Heberling

Academic Advisor

Amy Unsworth

Executive Assistant to the Commissioner & Policy Coordinator (Serving in a support capacity)

  • January 21st Profile and Advertising Approved
  • February 5th Initial Search Committee Meeting
  • March 12th Deadline for Best Consideration
  • March 18th Selection of Candidates for Zoom Interviews
  • March 24th & 25th Zoom Interview Dates
  • April 14th - 15th | April 20-21st | April 21-22nd | April 22nd-23rd  Campus Visit Dates or Virtual Campus Interviews