Who We Are

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Experts in Community and Technical College Administrative Searches

At Pauly Group, we're proud to be one of the leading academic search consulting firms in the nation. Since our founding, we have focused solely on senior administrative searches for community and technical colleges. This singular focus allows us to consistently deliver success to our clients.

We're experts in working with technical and community college Trustees, Presidents, HR Departments, Executive Administrators, community leaders and other stakeholders.

Every member of our team is passionate for the unique mission of community and technical colleges. Each one is a former community or technical college professional and possesses at least a Master's degree from an accredited university. They have a proven commitment to diversity and gender equity, as well as ethical behavior. Simply put, they've been where you are, and have the skills to help you find the right leader to join your team.

A History of Helping Community and Technical Colleges Find Ideal Senior Administrators

As with many businesses, Pauly Group was started when our founder, Teri Pauly, discovered a need. But first, a little background.

Teri had an Associate in Arts degree from Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Illinois, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management and a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Communication from the University of Illinois. She became a teacher, ultimately returning to LLCC as a tenure-track faculty member and then a becoming member of the adjunct staff at St. Louis Community College when her husband’s work took them to St Louis. She eventually became a partner in Cona/Pauly Consultants, a financial industry executive search firm in St. Louis.

When her family was able to move back to Springfield, she was invited to serve on a Presidential Search Committee for Lincoln Land Community College. To her surprise, she discovered that there were no search firms specializing exclusively in community colleges. Following the search, and the unexpected death of her business partner, Teri decided to take the leap and establish the first search firm solely focused on community and technical colleges.

Since it’s inception in 1990, Pauly Group, Inc. has been guided by a mission that defined our client colleges, as well as our firm:

“The advancement of administrative excellence in community and technical colleges through diversity and gender equality.”

Today, Pauly Group, Inc. is a strong and respected organization, working hard to assist community and technical colleges to identify, recruit, interview, reference and hire strong, diversified academic leaders for their schools.

It is now under the leadership of President Angela Provart, with Les Pauly, as the company’s Board Chair.

A Message From the President

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Welcome and thank you for visiting our website! At Pauly Group, we have a passion for serving our client colleges. While we keep our work strictly confidential, we maintain the highest ethical standards when working with our client colleges, search committees, applicants and candidates. Pauly Group was founded in 1990 based on these principles of passion and ethics. They remain strong today.

As president of Pauly Group, I personally lead every search. From the first call to the time the candidate is hired, I oversee and direct every aspect of our participation in your project. Each college is different and each search project is different. We expect and respect this. As a result, every detail matters in every search. We pride ourselves on excellent service to our client colleges and the ethical treatment of the parties involved.

In today’s world, the correct use of technology is critical to a successful process. Pauly Group makes the search process more efficient and affordable by taking advantage of existing technology, as well as integrating new technologies as they become available. As always, you can count on Pauly Group to be at the front edge of this communication revolution.

Please feel free to call me at any time. I’m happy to discuss with you our services and how we might help your college successfully navigate the search process.