Felicia McGinty

Managing Director

Education, Executive Search, Higher Education, Managing Directors

Felicia is an executive leader passionate about cultivating the next generation of changemakers who will transform the organizations and communities they serve. She has enjoyed a long and successful tenure in higher education, having held senior leadership roles at large, R-1, AAU, residential campuses, including Rutgers University-New Brunswick, University of California Santa Cruz, and Penn State University Park. At Rutgers, she held two cabinet-level appointments. As Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, she had oversight for a budget totaling more than $200M, led a team of 1,300 staff, and curated the co-curriculum for 51,000 students. After being promoted to Executive Vice Chancellor for Administration and Planning, she oversaw planning and operations for the flagship campus. This included oversight for Human Resources, managing the recruitment and search processes for internal executive searches, serving as the liaison for searches managed by external firms, and ensuring adherence to all compliance standards and university policy. Prior to joining Rutgers, Felicia served as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of California Santa Cruz.

Felicia has been recognized for her expertise in tackling some of higher education’s toughest challenges and positively impacting communities. Her bold leadership in addressing sexual violence on college campuses; advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion; and culture change has been featured on NPR and recognized by the Office on Violence Against Women and the Obama White House. In 2020, Felicia received the New Jersey Women of Achievement Award from the NJ Federation of Women’s Club of GFWC. In 2021, Diverse Issues in Higher Education named her one of 25 Outstanding Women in Higher Education. Also in 2021, she was selected for membership with Chief, a private network of women leaders.

In 2022, Felicia embarked on a new journey as part of the leadership team at Higher Education Resource Services (HERS). In this role, she focused on guiding the next generation of women leaders to intentionally shape their career pathways, excel in the executive search process, and implemented strategies to enhance alumnae engagement. As a certified executive coach, Felicia brings a wealth of leadership and organizational development expertise that enables her to support leaders and organizations seeking to create sustainable change.

A lifelong learner continually seeking to hone her leadership prowess, Felicia has completed the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University, HERS Intensive Leadership Institute, Association of Governing Board (AGB) Institute for Leadership and Governance, and Senior Executive Higher Education Master Class at Thomas Edison University. Felicia also teaches in the College Student Affairs program at Fairleigh Dickinson University. 


EdD, Educational Leadership
Northern Arizona University

MAEd, Counseling and Human Development
Northern Arizona University

BS, Criminal Justice
Northern Arizona University