• respect the distinct character and circumstance of each client and candidate

  • focus on results

  • understand the particular needs across all levels of an organization

  • know the higher education landscape

  • care deeply about working with organizations that advance the public good

  • actively listen and take the time to get to know your organization’s strengths and needs

Paula Fazli, Founding Partner

Paula Fazli, MANAGING Partner

Paula Hurley Fazli co-founded and has co-led Sage Search Partners since 1999, following six years as Vice President of a boutique executive search firm.   She has partnered with hundreds of higher education institutions, not-for-profit organizations, and foundations to recruit exceptional individuals for a range of leadership positions in academic affairs, student affairs, enrollment management, administration and finance, human resources, research administration, and institutional planning.   Strategic and insightful, Paula has extensive experience collaborating with search committees and decision-makers at the highest level and helping her institutional clients to navigate leadership transitions.

Paula graduated from Harvard University, cum laude, and received her Master’s degree in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.   Early in her career, she worked in production management at the American Repertory Theatre.   She then joined Orion Consultants, a market research and executive search firm with clients in the financial services industry.   After graduate school, Paula held a variety of administrative positions, including Career Specialist at the Boston Private Industry Council, Founding Program Director for the National Academy Foundation’s programs in the Boston Public Schools, and Chief of Staff to the High School Superintendent in Boston.  She has served on boards and committees of local and national organizations and is an avid tennis and platform tennis player.


Kate Salop, Partner

Kate Salop has spent nearly twenty years in senior level higher education management. A graduate of Wellesley College, she received her Master’s degree in political science from Boston University. While in graduate school, she taught at a number of colleges, including Northeastern University, Boston University and St. Anselm College. Kate began her career at Wellesley College, eventually becoming Chief of Staff to two Wellesley Presidents. During her fourteen years at Wellesley, she helped to lead strategic planning processes, co-chaired the School’s decennial reaccreditation process, led the presidential transitional team, worked closely with the Board of Trustees, stewarded a high-profile partnership between the State Department and Sister Colleges, and played a significant role on searches for many of the College’s key senior positions. More recently, Kate served for three years as the Senior Administrative Dean at Brandeis International Business School, where she contributed to the strategic direction of the school and was responsible for the management of the operational units. She serves as Vice Chair of the Board of The Rectory School, and is active in a number of local community and religious organizations.


Enid (Dinny) Starr, Director of Operations and Marketing

Dinny Starr graduated from Harvard College and received her MBA from Harvard Business School. One of the first employees of Staples, Inc., she was responsible for the start-up and management of multiples stores in the Northeast. She has in depth experience in retail management and operations, marketing consulting, and marketing communications.

More recently, Dinny has volunteered at several educational and non-profit institutions around the Boston area, serving in leadership positions at local private elementary and secondary schools (Shady Hill, Chestnut Hill, Dana Hall, and Belmont Hill) as well as at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University. Dinny’s areas of interest include the arts, graphic design, athletics and sustainability. She is an accomplished stained glass artist.

Kaycie Roberts, Research Associate

After many years of design and production work in the field of architecture, Kaycie began working with technology companies on product launch and market research. Her photographs and artist books have been shown in galleries and museums in the San Francisco Bay Area. Kaycie graduated cum laude from Harvard College and has Master’s degrees in both architecture and real estate development from Columbia University. Her graduate research focused on architecture, art and business, as well as creativity in the work environment. Recently, she received an MFA in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute.


Patricia Herzog, Founding Partner (Emeritus)

Patricia Herzog has over twenty-five years’ experience in higher education, as a teacher, researcher and consultant. After graduating from UCLA magna cum laude with highest honors in philosophy, she earned an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Patricia is the author of Conscious and Unconscious: Freud’s Dynamic Distinction Reconsidered, and co-editor of the award-winning Defending Diversity. She has received grants and awards from the Fund for Psychoanalytic Research and the American Council of Learned Societies. Patricia taught philosophy at Brandeis University, was a Fellow of the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College (now the Radcliffe Institute), a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, and a member of the Institute for the History of Psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. She has published numerous articles and reviews in the area of musical aesthetics, performed in and around New England as a pianist and harpsichordist, and is currently engaged in writing opera endings and opera libretti that champion women: A New Ending for ToscaA New Ending for Madama ButterflyButterfly in AmericaThe Scarlet LetterTurandot and The Wind. Her work as a musician, philosopher and writer can be found at Patricia has served on education and non-profit boards in Boston and New York City, and volunteered at local human services agencies.