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ZRG Expands Higher Education Practice with Karen McDaniel, Ph.D.

Rochelle Park, NJ, September 14, 2022 ZRG, a global talent advisory firm which has seen tremendous growth in recent years, welcomes Karen McDaniel, Ph.D. as Managing Director. Karen is based in Arkansas and joins the Higher Education Practice, having held numerous positions such as Faculty Athletics Representative, Director of Graduate Programs, and Department Chair.

Across her two-plus decades of higher education experience, Karen has been a part of both athletic and academic search committees, helping to place Chancellors, Directors of Athletics Compliance, Directors of Hospitality, and other significant faculty and administrative positions. She brings a strong background in human resource management, organizational behavior, leadership development, and mathematics. Karen earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management from University of Memphis as well as her BSBA and MBA from Union University.

While at Arkansas State University, Karen received the College of Business Excellence in Graduate Teaching award as well as the College of Business Excellence in External Service award, which she was recognized with three times. In addition, her graduate leadership development course received Signature Course Distinction from the University. Karen has been published in top-tier management journals as well as presented at many academic conferences. Before joining Arkansas State University, she held Assistant Professor of Management positions at both University of Tennessee at Martin and Radford University.

“Karen’s numerous awards and accolades are a testament to her organizational behavior and talent acquisition expertise within higher education,” said Larry Hartmann, CEO of ZRG. “As an enthusiastic recruiter of talent at all levels, she is a terrific addition ZRG’s Higher Education Practice and the firm as a whole.”

“The culture of the ZRG is incredible – I love the enthusiasm, passion, and commitment to excellence of all ZRG’s employees,” Karen added. “I most look forward to building new relationships and providing high-quality results for clients.”

About ZRG

ZRG is a global talent advisory firm that is changing the way companies hire and manage talent. ZRG’s data-driven approach to executive and professional search has been changing the way clients think about how to find top talent. The company’s digital Zi platform combines talent intelligence, candidate insights, and process improvement to dramatically deliver executive searches quicker and with proven better results.

Today, with the help of private equity investor RFE Investment Partners, ZRG is among the fastest growing firms in the search industry and provides a full suite of retained search, on-demand talent, and consulting and advisory solutions across the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Australia.