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School for Creative & Performing Arts

What our client has to say

Need:          Focused counsel in the search for first-ever Executive Director

Service:     Executive Search


In re-structuring the leadership team for its School for Creative & Performing Arts, Cincinnati Public Schools sought candidates for the newly created position of Executive Director. The Local School Decision Making Committee (LSDMC) received many applications and nominations and turned to The Yunker Group to help them narrow the field and ultimately recommend one candidate to the Board of Education.


Michael Mann, chair of the School’s LSDMC said, “When the Cincinnati Board of Education tasked SCPA’s LSDMC with hiring an executive director we hired The Yunker Group to help.  We quickly learned that we could not have gone through the hiring process as effectively, efficiently and professionally without the work and counsel of Jim Yunker. In the end we made a great hire, thanks to the efforts of The Yunker Group.”  


“We retained their services to help us with the selection process for an Executive Director and were extremely pleased with the knowledge and professionalism they brought to the process and the end result was outstanding,” added Tom Klinedinst, Board Chair GCAEC and LSDMC member.


The successful candidate, Nick Nissley, EdD, offered this, “Jim Yunker served as my interface with the Cincinnati Public Schools hiring committee, and he informally served as the client’s ‘director of first impressions’. Jim allowed me to have a single point of contact and someone who was incredibly responsive to my questions and concerns, helping me navigate the hiring process. Jim inspired a high-level of confidence and trust. His accessibility and professionalism were unmatched. In my new role, if I need to hire a search consultant – I’d look no further than The Yunker Group.”


SCPA is a world-class public K-12 arts school where dedicated students prepare for a lifelong involvement in artistic and scholastic pursuits.  Its mission is to foster independent thinking in a creative and challenging environment.  By providing a diversified curriculum and environment for bright and talented individuals, SCPA seeks to offer preparation for higher education and professions in the arts.