About Summit Search Solutions

Clients are seeking integrity, diligence and responsiveness when working with search firms. Summit is driven by these values.

A firm with time for you

Summit Search Solutions, Inc. is a boutique executive search firm that specializes in the higher education and nonprofit sectors. Summit offers tiered search solutions that allow clients to customize the level of service for each search. Traditional full-service search services are complemented by sourcing based search models that emphasize marketing the opportunity and building a robust and diverse candidate pool.

Summit was started in 2009 by Carrie Coward who is passionate in her belief that search services must adjust to differing needs, situations, budgets, and circumstances. Carrie set out to create a firm that could be flexible in its services and approaches.

Our search consultants have been in the search industry since 1997 and have specialized in the higher education and nonprofit sectors since 2001. Our search consultants are located in strategic locations across the US including Arizona, California, Colorado, New York, North Carolina, and Oregon.

Summit’s clients range from small to mid-sized independent colleges to highest research activity universities and from professional associations to major foundations.

We love what we do and the customers we work with. This passion is evident in how we approach our interactions with customers and with candidates. The results we strive for and achieve are rooted in process. If a thoughtful recruitment strategy is put into place and implemented with diligence and care, the results follow. Our high rate of repeat business is the best testimonial to the fact that we get results and customers return again and again.



This full-service option is most often selected for highly complex searches that require work with multiple stakeholder groups.

A modified search that focuses on marketing the job, attracting a high quality candidate pool, and working with the client and/or search committee in selecting the best candidates to pursue.

Focuses on marketing the job and building the candidate pool. Candidates that are submitted to the client are pre-qualified based on key criteria.