Parker Executive Search is an executive search firm dedicated to providing superior service to its clients in the identification and recruitment of outstanding professionals for senior executive positions. Our higher education practice is one of the most highly regarded in the country, and we are well known in the industry for successfully recruiting quality and diverse candidates. Our search strategy reaches people of various racial backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages and other protected classes. In the past three years, 51% of our higher education searches have resulted in the recruitment of candidates who are female or are from minority groups. We are committed to collaborative and accelerated action when representing client institutions on these important searches. We understand that by working together, we can create a diverse environment that creates solutions to racism and discrimination.

Team Member Bios

Porsha Williams, vice president

Porsha Williams is vice president of higher education for Parker Executive Search. She leads business, client and candidate development for the firm’s higher education practice. Williams’ career with the firm began as chief of staff to the president and quickly advanced through the ranks to her current leadership role. She is responsible for client management, candidate development and recruitment, and successful search execution. Williams has significant experience recruiting world-class leaders among colleges and universities across the country. She has successfully completed more than 200 searches. In addition, Williams has conducted substantial work for Fortune 500 companies in the financial services industry. Before joining the firm in 2005, Williams worked in sales and management for the Hertz Corporation and was quickly promoted to branch manager in Tucker, Georgia. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in speech communications. Williams is passionate about diversity recruitment and finding opportunities for talented candidates from marginalized backgrounds. She also is an organizer and advisor to Feeding the Multitude, an organization that helps feed marginalized youth and families. Williams lives in Dacula, Georgia, with her husband, Courtney, and their daughters, Kai and Kendall.

 

Jacob Anderson, principal

Jacob Anderson has been with Parker Executive Search since 2012 and serves as a principal within the higher education practice. He has broad-based knowledge of higher education with specialized expertise in academic health sciences. As a principal, Anderson is charged with identifying and recruiting strong leaders for the firm’s clients. He works in close collaboration with the firm’s vice presidents on various search responsibilities, including setting a strategy recruiting qualified people, researching and sourcing potential candidates, interviewing and presenting candidates for review, managing the committee and finalist interview processes, and ensuring clients reach closure with the preferred candidate. Anderson also partners with the firm’s vice presidents on new client engagement and business development. Anderson is originally from the Washington D.C. area. He was a four-year recipient of the University of Georgia Charter Scholarship and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia Honor’s Program with a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. During his time in college, Anderson spent eight weeks studying and living with a family in Seville, Spain. He also interned and worked as a research consultant for Parker Executive Search. Following graduation, he directed the website redesign of a leading real estate auction firm. After completing the project, Anderson joined Parker Executive Search as an associate in the academic health sciences practice. Anderson enjoys traveling and college football. He lives in Brookhaven, Georgia.