NOLS Presidential Search



February 12, 2019

Dear NOLS Community,

The NOLS Presidential Search Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Isaacson, Miller as its search consultant.  Isaacson, Miller is a leading search consultant, with international reach, to mission driven-organizations in education and other fields.  The committee chose Isaacson, Miller, in a unanimous selection, based on a number of key factors, including its deep experience in recruiting exceptional leaders to organizations sharing common characteristics with NOLS, cultural compatibility, outstanding reference checks, and demonstrated commitment to diversity equity, and inclusion.

Isaacson, Miller will be represented by Sheryl Ash, Partner; John Muckle, Partner; and Andarla Hodge, Associate.  More on the firm may be found at its website:

The search committee held its kickoff meeting with the Isaacson, Miller (IM) team on Friday, February 8 in Houston in conjunction with NOLS Board retreat. The IM team also met with the NOLS Board of Trustees in a session designed to gain feedback from the board about its aspirations for NOLS and its new leader. 

The consultation with the Board was the first step in the scoping and outreach phase of the search process. In the coming weeks, the IM team and the committee will begin to coordinate a series of interviews and group sessions with NOLS faculty and staff, alumni, and other key constituencies. For those who are unable to provide input via either scheduled in-person or tele/video-conference sessions, we will make available a means of providing feedback via confidential electronic survey.

The next in-person session will be conducted this week with faculty and staff in Patagonia in conjunction with a trustees’ trip.  We will notify the community as additional sessions are scheduled.

The purpose of the outreach phase is to collect input that will be valuable in developing the presidential position profile, a public document that will provide a background on NOLS and detail the specifications of the position to potential candidates. We expect this profile to be completed and published by mid-April.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments at

Kind regards,
Greg Avis
Search committee chair


January 11, 2019



January 10, 2019

I am pleased to report that the membership of the NOLS presidential search committee has been finalized. The committee represents a broad swath of the NOLS community, all who share a passion for NOLS and the desire to find the very best candidate for the position. Selection was extremely difficult, as the number of highly qualified and interested candidates greatly exceeded the available positions. 

Presidential Search Committee:

Greg Avis, Trustee, Committee Chair
Isobel Coleman, Trustee
Stuart Harris, Trustee
Ari Hertz, Senior Field Instructor, Program Supervisor - NOLS Three Peaks Ranch
Sarah Hiza, Co-chair, Advisory Council
Stefan Jackson, Trustee
Jorge Moreno, Custom Education Account Manager, Field Instructor
Tori Murden McClure, former Trustee and Board Chair
Marc Randolph, Trustee, Board Chair
Jen Sall, Program Director, NOLS Rocky Mountain
Shana Tarter, Assistant Director, NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Staff liaison to the committee: Alison Hudson, Intranet Manager, Field Instructor

The committee will have its inaugural meeting this week. After getting organized, our first task will be to select a search firm to assist us in the process. 

We will keep the community updated on the search periodically, being mindful at the same time of the constraints imposed by strict candidate confidentiality requirements and the desire to be as transparent as possible.

Thanks for your support as we undertake this important and exciting mission.

Warm regards,
Greg Avis
Chair for the Presidential Search Committee