Leader in talent management software deepens expertise in K-12 community; uniquely positioned to offer integrated solutions and services across the entire K-20 education spectrum
Austin, TX—Aug. 20, 2015—PeopleAdmin Inc., the leader in talent management for K-12, higher education and government, today announced it has acquired SearchSoft Solutions Inc., reinforcing its position as the leading provider of K-12 solutions that help recruit, hire and develop top faculty and staff. The transaction, which adds about 1,700 school districts across 32 states to already one of the largest customer bases in the industry, demonstrates PeopleAdmin’s ongoing investment in the company’s growth and innovation, and its commitment to improving education nationwide.
“We are thrilled to add these great SearchSoft customers to the PeopleAdmin family, and excited to welcome into our family a company with an outstanding reputation as a passionate, innovative leader in talent management,” said Kermit Randa, CEO of PeopleAdmin. “This acquisition is a natural progression of PeopleAdmin’s strategic growth plan, which enables us to continue achieving our goal of bringing unified solutions and best-in-class service to an evolving marketplace, and helping educational institutions hire, develop and retain top talent.”
By combining SearchSoft’s cloud-based applicant tracking, performance management and teacher evaluation capabilities with PeopleAdmin’s existing suite of cloud-based K-20 solutions, PeopleAdmin now serves a third of all educators and administrators across the entire education spectrum, who in turn serve more than 22 million students — more than 30 percent of all students in America. PeopleAdmin’s suite of solutions helps educational institutions use technology and data to improve operational efficiency, minimize risk, and organize the entire talent management lifecycle, so human resources departments can focus on what they do best — hiring the highest quality teachers and staff in the most efficient manner possible to improve student outcomes. SearchSoft will move forward as PeopleAdmin with the products and services of both SearchSoft and PeopleAdmin marketed under the PeopleAdmin brand, which includes PeopleAdmin’s TalentEd, SchoolSpring and SelectSuite solutions. The combined company will continue to support and expand all solutions.
“We are very proud to join forces with PeopleAdmin, together becoming the clear leader in education talent management software,” said SearchSoft Solutions Chairman and President Mark Strickland, who will stay with the company and help through the transition. “This is great news for our customers, who will benefit from the most comprehensive solutions available in the market and the deepest support capacity in the industry. Building upon our two companies’ proven track records as leaders in talent management, we look forward to expanding our impact in service of educators across the nation.” “We’re very excited about SearchSoft and PeopleAdmin teaming up,” said Justo Avila, Chief Human Resources Officer at Los Angeles Unified School District. “This partnership represents clear industry leadership and increased ability to invest in and deploy new technologies and services. Most important, that means added stability, and more innovation and resources, so customers can plan more confidently for the longer term.”
PeopleAdmin combined in February with Netchemia, the leader of talent management solutions for the K-12 education marketplace, broadening its scope beyond higher education and government. As evidence of its growth, PeopleAdmin in June was selected as a Tyton Growth50 company, placing it among “the most important growth-stage companies in education,” according to Tyton Partners, a long-time provider of investment banking and strategy consulting for the global knowledge sector.
Randa said, “Working in and having a bird’s-eye view of K-20 education gives us a great advantage, because we know what school administrators need at any education level when it comes to hiring and retaining talent, which allows us to deliver solutions tailored to evolving needs.”
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