ELIZABETH (LIZ) ROCKLIN, is a Senior Consultant with R. H. Perry & Associates and is also President of EJR & Associates, and brings a 20-year background in serving community and technical colleges through executive search services. Liz was the first Director of Board Services for the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) and, for ten years, was responsible for providing chief executive officer search assistance to more than 160 community colleges and districts throughout the country. In addition, Liz supervised all ACCT search activities and provided interim CEO’s and board leadership retreat services through ACCT’s cadre of retreat consultants and retired community college CEO’s.
The process and procedures developed and instituted by Ms. Rocklin were a major factor in the ACCT search service’s ability to recruit outstanding minority and women candidates for CEO positions. Through Liz’s efforts, ACCT provided outreach and services to a number of national organizations, including the League for Innovation in the Community Colleges, the National Institute for Leadership Development, National Council on Black American Affairs and the National Community College Hispanic Council. All of these organizations provide leadership development and are affiliated with the American Association of Community Colleges. During her tenure at ACCT, 55% of the successful searches resulted in the hiring of minority and women candidates.
Prior to coming to ACCT, Liz was a Search Principal in the education practice of Korn/Ferry International. At Korn/Ferry, Liz was actively involved in a number of college and university CEO searches as well as one statewide community college system.
Previously, she served as Director, Administration and Membership Services at the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), and Assistant Executive Director at the American Vocational Association (now the Association for Career and Technical Education).
Liz’s other professional experiences also include serving as the president of the community college division of an information technology firm as well as Senior Consultant to other technology firms and search firms.
Liz’s twenty-year commitment and significant effort on behalf of community colleges are the reason why many trustees and executives believe she is one of the most respected individuals serving community colleges today.