Deerfield Associates Built For Challenging Times


Executive Search, Inc.

Doug Cooney

Doug Cooney
Founder & Executive Search Consultant

August 1, 2020

Deerfield Associates was built to navigate unchartered waters and to provide answers during uncertain times. Our empathy goes out to our clients, placements, and friends, and all of those on the front-line in education serving children and young adults. Education will always be the key to a brighter future.  We are here to help in any way and are grateful to assist in your mission.

I opened the firm’s doors for business one month after 9/11. In the aftermath of that day, I developed a search strategy to guide clients and candidates in the education sector even when change is unexpected and dramatic. As a result, we formed a strategically oriented, specialized, and highly personalized executive search firm able to pivot and respond to unanticipated events that impact institutions and the executive search climate.

As the firm evolved, I focused on being a strategic advisor to the hiring client, a true talent agent and a trusted confidant to the candidate of choice. In the end, it’s all about the right match. Deerfield Associates produces top candidates uniquely fit for the needs and cultures of the institutions we serve.

Today, Deerfield Associates remains true to its founding principles. Executive search is a varsity team sport. I have brought aboard a highly skilled team with proven experience. The firm has completed 500+ searches over the years to become a true national search firm, securing 135 highly satisfied clients, placing top tier professionals at colleges, universities, and the nation’s best boarding and day independent schools. At Deerfield Associates, our strategic, proactive, disciplined approach solves complex problems in the hiring market, a core value proposition that explains why 92% of our clients return for additional searches.

When describing their experiences with Deerfield Associates, here is what some of our clients say:

About our reach:
Tim Kane, Vice President, Office of Alumnae/i Affairs and Development, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York: “I really appreciated Doug’s no-stone-unturned approach, the tremendous dedication, and the great partnership. A win!”

About our value:
Matt Glendinning, Head of School, Moses Brown School, Providence, Rhode Island: “Throughout, Doug advised me personally, kept me apprised of our candidates’ status and interest, and helped me develop a relationship with the person who ultimately accepted our position. Deerfield’s service was worth every penny and I would certainly recommend them to others.”

About our experience:
Maureen Fonseca Head of School, The Elisabeth Morrow School, Englewood, New Jersey: “The firm’s deep experience and networks were vital in our successful recruitment of very strong candidates for all three searches conducted (Advancement, CFO, Admission). From the first visit interviewing with me and the day spent on each campus interviewing key members of the community, it is clear that they also understand the importance of culture and fit in finding the right person to fill this critical role.”

About our longevity:
Mike Archibald, Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine: “I’ve known and worked with Doug Cooney for over 20 years. Two years ago he recruited me from California and placed me in this role at Bowdoin, one of eight placements he’s made for Bowdoin over the years. My experience with Doug and his colleagues at Deerfield Associates is that they have been extraordinarily professional, responsive to our specific needs in a given search, and dedicated to completing each search with a successful outcome. I recommend Deerfield Associates enthusiastically and without reservation.”

As you begin an academic year unlike any other in our nation’s history, know that Deerfield Associates is ready to help you with all your search needs.

From the beginning, Deerfield Associates was distinctively built for challenging times. We’ve always been ready.


Doug Cooney
Founder & Executive Search Consultant

572 Washington Street, Suite 15
Wellesley, MA 02482

Telephone: 781-237-2800