Clarkson University retained Isaacson, Miller to assist in the search for Clarkson's 17th president. Kate Barry led the search with Elizabeth Dorr and together they supported the University and its Search Committee in the development of the leadership profile shared with nominees and candidates.
Presidential Search: Executive Search Firm
Kathryn Barry, Partner
Kate's practice at Isaacson, Miller focuses on academic leadership positions, including numerous presidential searches for a wide range of clients. Since joining the firm in 2005, she has served Ivy League universities, liberal arts colleges, technology institutes, HBCUs and community colleges.
Public and private institutions also look to Kate for provost and academic dean searches, with which she has extensive experience. Our firm's business school dean practice is bolstered by her dozens of searches in the field.
Prior to joining the firm, Kate was assistant director of alumni relations at Union College. Her role as the regional director for the college's largest alumni territories involved recruiting volunteers and cultivating donors. Before joining the alumni relations office, she worked in the college's admissions office. She is a member of the Union College Board of Trustees.
Kate’s passion for higher education is rooted in its profound impact on society as a vehicle for social justice, producer of new knowledge, and engine for innovation and discovery. This animates her drive to produce the highest-quality work and find the best matches to ensure the success of the diverse array of institutions she serves.
Kate is located in both Boston, MA, and Albany, NY. She received her BS from Union College and EdM from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Elizabeth Dorr, Managing Associate
Elizabeth's primary focus is higher education leadership. Since joining Isaacson, Miller in 2016, she has worked on searches for a number of influential and diverse institutions, ranging from community colleges to the Ivy League.
While in graduate school, Elizabeth interned at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) admissions office, supporting international recruitment and managing student and alumni admissions ambassador volunteers. Prior to graduate study, she served as a senior admissions counselor at Sea Education Association, an experiential study abroad program for undergraduates aboard traditional sailing ships. Beyond her passion for international and experiential education, she brings experience working for several environmental nonprofits.
Elizabeth volunteers through the alumni networks at both of her alma maters. At Williams, she is a head class fundraising agent and reunion chair, while at HGSE she is an alumni admissions ambassador and a mentor to a new graduate student each year. Her volunteer work underscores her commitment to giving back and helping cultivate the next generation of leaders.
Elizabeth is located in Boston. She received her BA in biology from Williams College and her EdM in higher education from Harvard Graduate School of Education.