Reimagining the Higher Education Presidential Search

By Lucy Leske, Managing Partner, Education Practice

The traditional model of selecting a new college or university president relies upon large, inclusive campus committees which represent a virtual Noah’s Ark of students, faculty, staff, and trustees. While these committees are devoted to their institution’s success, they are often unprepared to apply serious leadership evaluation tools and validate candidate strengths and weaknesses against the organization’s needs and priorities. As…



Can Healthcare CEOs Lead Change, and Change Themselves?

What are healthcare CEOs thinking? It’s a question that many people ask but few know for sure. Two people who know very well are Witt/Kieffer consultant Chris Corwin and Carol Geffner, PhD, principal of Newpoint Healthcare Advisors, who together have been conducting one-on-one interviews with leading hospital and health system CEOs.

What have they learned thus far? For one thing,…



Search Committee Best Practices: Navigating the 10 Stages of a Recruitment

By Michael R. Raddatz, Jr.

During a leadership recruitment, every search committee goes through a process of learning and growth. This is particularly true if the members of the committee don’t know each other well or haven’t had previous experience serving on such a committee. What follows is an overview of sequential stages that search committees can often experience as the recruiting process unfolds. Knowing this typical progression…



Recruiting a Life Sciences CEO: “Never Settle”

Life sciences firms, especially early-stage, high-growth companies, frequently find themselves in a position of needing a new CEO—someone to take them through the next phase of their evolution. While each firm’s trajectory and leadership needs are different, there are established best practices for life sciences firms to find their next CEO. This was the topic of a recent panel discussion sponsored by the PROPEL Center, a nonprofit affiliated with…



What Makes Catholic Healthcare Leadership Special

Witt/Kieffer Senior Partner Donna Padilla has worked with countless Catholic healthcare organizations to support their leadership needs. (And she and colleagues are on site in Chicago this week for the annual Catholic Health Assembly, learning more about these needs.) Catholic hospitals and providers are dealing with the same market reforms as other organizations, and yet their challenges and goals remain unique. In the interview below,



Developing Leadership Diversity in Higher Education: An Integrated Approach

Leadership diversity is increasingly a priority in higher education today. Colleges and universities want administrators who reflect and represent their student bodies and core constituents—for reasons both philosophical and practical. Unfortunately, efforts to establish diverse leadership are falling short at too many schools, say Witt/Kieffer consultant Alice Miller and senior partner Jon Derek Croteau in the Spring issue of the Higher Education Workplace magazine. One of the reasons—initiatives aimed at promoting diversity and developing…