Welcomes Academic Executive Search Partner, Jennie Massey, PhD

Halifax, March 5, 2021 –  KBRS welcomes Jennifer (Jennie) Massey, PhD as Partner to the firm’s national Academic Executive Search Practice. An established leader, Jennie has extensive experience in higher education in Canada, the US and the UK and a proven track record of advancing the goals of academic institutions. 

Jennie joins KBRS from Western University where she served as Associate Vice President. There she led a large and diverse portfolio and advanced a number of institution-wide priorities to improve student thriving. Her expertise in leadership and her approach to recruitment and search are informed by her deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing today’s academic leaders. 

As a Partner with the Academic Executive Search Practice, effective May 3, 2021, Jennie will serve as a strategic advisor and partner to post-secondary institutions, ensuring equitable and inclusive recruitment processes and supporting the attraction and selection of the leaders today’s institutions need to succeed.  

“We are thrilled to welcome Jennie. Having led more than 220 leadership searches for universities and colleges across the country in the past five years, our team at KBRS recognizes that our success is dependent on a strong understanding of the realities facing academic institutions and academic leaders,” shared Andrea Forbes-Hurley, Managing Partner, KBRS. “Jennie’s skills, expertise, and experience will be strong asset to our team.” 

“KBRS has a clear commitment to establishing strong partnerships with post-secondary institutions and leaders to ensure their long-term success, while advancing the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion in search work. I look forward to continuing to uphold this commitment,” say Jennie Massey, PhD 

Prior to joining Western University, Jennie held several student-focused leadership roles including roles at Queen’s, Windsor, University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), Baylor University (Waco, Texas) and most recently Memorial University where she was the Director of Student Life for three years. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from Queen’s University, a Master of Arts from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a Bachelor of Arts (honours) from King’s College London. In addition, she has earned the Executive Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University and the Professional Certificate in Leadership from Western University. 

Please join us in welcoming Jennie.


About KBRS 

KBRS has been a strategic talent advisor to universities and colleges across Canada for more than 40 years. Having worked with partner institutions in every province in Canada, the leaders of KBRS’ academic search practice bring a deep understanding of the sector from coast to coast. One of Canada’s largest independently owned executive search and consulting firms, KBRS’s national academic executive search team includes seven partners supported by 16 research and support staff. The firm’s academic executive search team is based in Toronto, Halifax and St. John’s, and works in partnership with LHH and LHH Knightsbridge’s 26 offices across Canada and 380 offices around the world, giving KBRS both local presence and global reach.