Deerfield Associates

Executive Search, Inc.

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    Bowdoin College

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    UMass Amherst Chapel

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    University of Vermont

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    The Taft School

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    Doug Cooney visits with Dr. Fergus Clydesdale, Professor Food Science, UMass, Amherst

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    Doug Cooney visits Connecticut College

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    Vassar College admission office team from the 1970’s get together in 1995

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    Pilar Cabeza de Vaca, Head of School, The Madeira School, VA welcomes Doug Cooney

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    Jenny Rao, Head of Emma Willard School, welcomes Doug Cooney

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    Doug Cooney visits Flint Hill School, Oakton, VA Meredith vanDuyne (Advancement), Anne Peterson (CFO) and John Thomas, Head of School

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    The Taft School: Doug Cooney visits with Headmaster Willy MacMullen and 6 talented placements

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    Patty Prelock, Dean School of Nursing, University of Vermont joins Joan and Doug Cooney at UVM Boston Holiday Reception

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    The Gunnery: Sean Brown (Advancement), Doug Cooney, Peter Becker (Head of School) and Bill Zekas (CFO)

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    Brian Driscoll, one of Deerfield Associates first recruits 15 years ago, greets Doug in California

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    Doug Cooney and Doug Hale (former Head of School, Mercersburg Academy) renew acquaintances in Philadelphia, PA

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    Bob Whelan, Head of School, Greens Farms Academy welcomes Doug Cooney and Susan Daniels

A retained, highly specialized search firm focusing on the Educational Sector

Deerfield Associates Executive Search, Inc. recruits and places exceptional candidates for senior level administrative positions at colleges, universities and independent schools, both nationally and internationally. Established in 2001, the firm has successfully conducted and completed 427+ searches. Over 88 percent of our 132 clients return to us for additional search work.


We are committed to providing our clients:

  • A strategic overview of the hiring profile.
  • A first rate, creative, energetic and pro-active recruitment process.
  • A professional and in-depth assessment for each candidate presented.
  • Constant attention to finding the best candidate.
  • Assurance that our clients and candidates receive the highest level of personalized service.
  • The resources necessary to get the search done in a timely manner.

Each college, university and independent school has unique qualities and needs. Find out how Deerfield Associates Executive Search, Inc. can select the best professional for your organization.


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Deerfield Associates announces its 19th
year in business!

Doug Cooney quoted in article on recruitment in the National Business Officers Association magazine

Remembering Dick Moll, Dean of Admission: Vassar College & Bowdoin College

“I cannot say enough good things about the team at Deerfield Associates and the outstanding job they did helping us find and hire our Director of Institutional Advancement. Relationships are at the heart of any great school community and Doug, Susan, Greg, and the Deerfield Associates team clearly live by that in all that they do…”

Bob Whelan, Head of School, Greens Farms AcademyRead the full endorsement

“Fifteen years and eight successful searches later… I suppose that alone speaks to our confidence in your work, your professionalism, and the value you bring to the search process…”

Tamara D. Spoerri, Vice President for Human Resources, Bowdoin CollegeRead the full endorsement

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