Nancy Martin

Nancy was the founder of Educational Management Network, an executive search firm dedicated to serving the senior leadership search needs of higher education and not-for-profit institutions. She merged this firm with Witt/Kieffer, a national search firm focusing on searches in the health care industry, in 1998. Her past affiliations include serving as a search consultant with the Academy for Educational Development; Peat, Marwick Mitchell; and J. Robert Scott. She has been recognized nationally as one of the leading search consultants in higher education. In January of 2004, she left Witt/Kieffer to co-found Archer~Martin Associates, a firm serving higher education institutions with executive search, transition, and executive coaching services. The best-selling book, Career Aspirations and Expeditions: Advancing your Career in Higher Education Administration, co-authored by Dr. Jennifer Bloom and Ms. Martin, provides individuals with the tools and strategies necessary to successfully navigate the job search process and guide their long-term career planning.

The newly released book: Opening Doors, The Higher-Ed Leadership Playbook, is co-authored by Ms. Martin and Josefina C. Baltodano, Esq. This work focuses on preparing for and attaining executive leadership positions in higher education—the presidency, provost, vice president, dean, etc. And this book looks toward the 21 st century imperative to lead through inclusive excellence, celebrating and embracing diversity and all differences.

As a sought-after workshop convener on the topics addressed in her book, Ms. Martin is known as the “Academic Executive Coach.” She served as a member of the Commission on Higher Education, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and volunteered her time in support of the American Council on Education’s leadership development programs and its “Moving the Needle” initiative. She served as a core faculty member of HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) teaching in its workshops at Bryn Mawr, Wellesley and the University of Denver. She has also served as a member of the faculty at the Executive Leadership Academy, University of California, Berkeley.

A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Ms. Martin holds a master’s degree from New York University and has studied at the graduate level at Middlebury’s School of Foreign Languages and at Stanford University. Ms. Martin has served on the Nantucket School Committee, as a trustee of the Nantucket Historical Association, President of the Board of Trustees of the Nantucket Community Music Center. and as a volunteer with various Nantucket not-for- profit associations. Currently, she serves as a trustee of Hampshire Country School and as a deacon at the First Congregational Church of Nantucket. Her son, Clay Evans, is a graduate of Wheaton College works in social media marketing and is currently an assistant supervisor at Brooks Brothers, Chestnut Hill, MA.