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Andy Westmoreland Higher Ed

Former University President Leads Expanded Team of Experienced Academics

Dallas, TX, January 25, 2022 – FaithSearch Partners, the pre-eminent retained search firm serving all segments of the faith-based spectrum, today announced the addition of Andy Westmoreland, Ed.D, as Senior Vice President and leader of its Higher Education service line. Dr. Westmoreland’s career in higher education spans 42 years including two college presidencies and hundreds of executive searches. 

He most recently served as president of Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. for 15 years and president of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark. for eight years. In addition to his tenure as president, Westmoreland also taught political science, served on charity boards, and is an accomplished author and speaker.

FaithSearch Partners has led executive searches for institutions of higher learning for nearly 15 years. With the addition of Westmoreland, FaithSearch’s Higher Education service line will focus on executive searches for faith-based and other colleges and universities, including collegiate athletics searches. 

“Andy Westmoreland has dedicated his professional life to Christian academic institutions and I’m excited to have him lead our Higher Education practice. He is a great addition and will have an outstanding impact on our team and our clients,” stated Ed Fry, FaithSearch Partners President and CEO. “In addition to his leadership and executive search experience, Andy is an accomplished faith leader who is a perfect fit for our culture and mission.”

Dr. Westmoreland’s educational credentials include an undergraduate degree in political science from Ouachita Baptist University, a master’s degree in political science from the University of Arkansas, and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He is the former chair of the Board of Trustees for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and he served as president of the American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities. 

“I am delighted and humbled by the opportunity to join FaithSearch Partners,” said Westmoreland. “I have led faith-based institutions throughout my career and now my experience and faith will allow me to positively impact a broader set of colleges, universities, their leaders, and ultimately the next generation of students. I couldn’t be more excited.” 

FaithSearch Partners is the only executive search firm in the U.S. focusing exclusively on serving faith-based higher education institutions, nonprofits, ministries, churches, athletics organizations, and faith-oriented businesses. Based in Dallas with locations in Houston, Atlanta, Denver, Birmingham, Spokane, Asheville, and Tyler, FaithSearch is able to serve faith-based clients in all regions.

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