Robert Hastings Perry

Robert Hastings Perry

ROBERT HASTINGS PERRY is President of R. H. Perry & Associates (RHPA), an executive search firm he established in Washington, DC in 1974 and continues to lead today. Since 1992, Mr. Perry has focused on presidential and chancellor search for colleges and universities. RHPA also maintains a search practice for a wide range of not-for-profit organizations, including associations, foundations, and advocacy groups as well as private sector corporations.

Prior to founding RHPA, Mr. Perry was selected as a Fellow in the White House Executive Exchange Program in 1972. As Special Assistant to the Director, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President, he headed a recruiting task force to staff the Management Associates Program, a new initiative providing 40 GS-13 to GS-18 OMB positions and 30 more on the staffs of Assistant Secretaries in the Cabinet Departments.

From 1968 to 1972, Mr. Perry served the International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation (ITT) initially as Assistant Manager, Headquarters Recruiting; and then as Manager of Staffing, with responsibility for one-half of ITT’s corporate executive staffing. In 1971, Mr. Perry developed and implemented ITT’s first corporate MBA Program, doubling its complement in the second year while maintaining a 40% minorities rate. Mr. Perry began his career as an Industrial Engineer for the Colgate-Palmolive Company. Promoted four times in seven years, he completed his tenure with Colgate as Manager of College Recruitment (1966-1968).

Mr. Perry is a graduate of St. Albans School and the University of North Carolina, and he continued in graduate studies at both Chapel Hill and New York University. Mr. Perry’s first book, How To Answer A Headhunter’s Call: A Complete Guide To Executive Search, was published by the American Management Association. He co-edited a second text, The Executive Search Collaboration, published by Quorum Books. Mr. Perry has authored or co-authored numerous articles on human resources issues in higher education in such publications as Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges’ Trusteeship and The Chronicle of Higher Education. The firm is a supporter of and frequent presenter at higher education associations, including ACE, ACCU, AGB, CIC, and NAICU.

Mr. Perry also serves as Executive Director of the newly established R. H. Perry Foundation. The Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) executive search organization, provides pro bono trustee search for the academy. For details, visit:

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