Partner & President
Jan Greenwood is a pioneer in US higher education, as the first woman president of a public four-year and graduate institution in Virginia and as among the first to hold multiple presidencies for both public and private institutions. The library at one of these institutions is named in her honor. She was one of the earliest executive recruiters focused on education and nonprofit organizations. Jan is widely recognized for her search expertise; for her research, scholarship and writing commentary on search and leadership issues; and for her wisdom imparted through leadership development workshops and events.
Dr. Greenwood is a licensed psychologist with experience as a psychometrist and with post-doctoral training in group methods. She brings these skill sets to her work with clients, candidates and search committees. She earned full professor with tenure while working in higher education institutions. She prepared a chapter for Warren Bennis’ book, The Planning of Change, when he was president of the University of Cincinnati and she was Vice Provost. Jan's Ph.D. is from Florida State University and her M.Ed. and B.S. degrees are from East Carolina University. She understands the power of community colleges from her Associates in Arts degree from Peace College, NC. She holds a certificate from Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management.
As a partner, director and vice president in the Washington, DC, and Virginia offices of two different international executive search companies, since 1992 Greenwood has conducted nearly a thousand searches for executives in education, health care, nonprofits, information technology and Fortune 500 corporate boards with many of these searches at the president/CEO level. This service gives her an unparalleled network of contacts. With Betty Asher, she formed Greenwood/Asher & Associates in 2004 to advance the quality of leadership and improve the process of executive recruitment in education and nonprofits.
Throughout her career, Dr. Greenwood has prioritized service to education and her communities through board leadership. Representative board service has included the Monmouth University Board of Trustees (including chair of the Educational and Faculty Affairs Committee and member of the Executive Committee), American Council on Education Board of Directors (including Executive Committee member), Association of Governing Boards President’s Advisory Committee (including service on the Commission on Strengthening Presidential Leadership), American Association of State Colleges and Universities (including chair of the Policy & Purposes Committee), Southern Governors’ Association (including member of Advisory Council on International Education), Council of Presidents for Virginia Public Higher Education (including chair) and American Council on Education Executive Search Roundtable (including chair). In community service, she was the Founding President of the Long Island Sound Foundation and has served as board member for philanthropic organizations as diverse as symphony, opera, ballet, United Way, Regional Plan Association and YWCA. She also was on the corporate board of the Aquarion Company, serving as the chair of the Environmental, Community & Government Relations Committee and member of the Audit Committee. Currently she is a member of the Board of Directors of Seascape and Vice Chair of the Majestic Sun Board of Directors.