Insights into Recruiting a College President

 

Witt/Kieffer senior partner Dennis Barden recently chatted – via the Google Hangouts video service – with Higher Ed Live’s Rob Zinkan about the recruiting of college presidents in this time of great challenges within higher education. Having participated in dozens of presidential searches in recent years, Barden had plenty of insight to share over the course of the 45-minute interview.

Today’s college presidency is such a tough job, Barden notes, that it’s almost “irrational” that individuals would pursue it. Those…



Higher Ed Job Candidates: What Do The Best Have In Common?

By Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D.

Sometimes described as a “dog-and-pony show” or likened to speed dating, the interview process for senior-level executives in academia is demanding and often imperfect. After many years in higher education, first as a campus administrator and now as a recruiter, I’m no stranger to either side of the search process.

Recently I had the opportunity to share thoughts on The Best Higher Education Search Committees in an article for the Chronicle of Higher Education. It…



CIOs Can Survive Career Minefields

 

By Chris Wierz

A CIO’s landscape is replete with technology (and career) minefields, and every healthcare CIO should be prepared to navigate through the danger zone. I had the opportunity to moderate a panel discussion during last fall’s CHIME CIO Fall Forum about how CIOs can avoid, or recover from, four of the most dangerous career minefields.

The excellent CHIME session led to an article. I, along with my fellow panelists—Chris Belmont, Vice President and CIO, University of Texas MD Anderson…



Women and College Sports Leadership: Inroads and Issues

 

Few people know college athletics better than Chris Plonsky, University of Texas Women’s Athletic Director, and Patti Phillips, CEO of Women Leaders in College Sports (formerly NACWAA). Both Plonsky and Phillips have seen college sports change dramatically over the years and specifically in regards to women’s participation in leadership. Women are making inroads into top jobs in college athletics, they say, but this progress is inconsistent and not certain to continue. Women leaders, for example, will need opportunities to…



Career Best Practices: How to Work with an Executive Search Consultant

By Suzanne Teer

It is part of my job to give career advice to executives. While my ultimate responsibility is to employers – that is, our firm’s clients – I enjoy supporting professionals and connecting them with the right positions.

Many of the people I speak with are unfamiliar with the precise role of a search consultant in a recruitment. For this reason I recently wrote down some advice for job candidates on working with recruiters regarding the application, initial screening…



Interview Tips for Executive Candidates

 

As a successful executive, you may not have interviewed in a competitive situation for some time. Your goal for any interview is to be sure that when you leave, those with whom you met are convinced that you are the ideal candidate for the position, whatever it may be. You want to be in the driver’s seat, getting the option to move forward to the next round, or the offer, dependent on where you are in the process.

For executives…



Executives from the “Outside” Can Provide a Jolt of Caffeine

 

By Michelle Lee

The traditional career path – moving up the organizational ladder in a specific function within a single industry – is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Today’s most successful leaders tend to come from various educational backgrounds and their career paths weave through many industries and functional areas, positioning them to take on the constant changes in today’s competitive environment.

Industry “outsiders” are often just…



A Profile in Higher Education Diversity Leadership

 

Many career paths were open to Dr. Jabbar R. Bennett, Northwestern University’s first associate provost for diversity and inclusion. Rather than follow a more traditional route based in academic research and study, he heeded the voice inside his head to pursue a path that would give him to both purpose and peace of mind.

Dr. Bennett shares his thoughts on leadership, including the importance of career advice from his mother, in a recent Witt/Kieffer



Executive Careers: How Introverts Can Ace Interviews

 

By Amy Crutchfield

Every executive who enters a job search dreams of being selected for the position. The process to get there can be tough, however. In higher education, for example, there will be a day packed with interviews, events, and breakfast, lunch and dinner meetings. This is when the dream becomes more of a potential nightmare for introverts. I know this particularly well because I consider myself an introvert.

As introverts, we are probably at a disadvantage in the traditional…



Counterintuitive (But Reliable) Leadership Principles

Leaders today must be more engaged and collaborative with colleagues, more in touch with employees, more conscientious of what they do and say, more concerned about diversity and fairness, and more accountable for the security, honesty, and welfare of their companies than in the past. This new landscape requires leaders to question their intuitions, while sticking with tried-and-true principles.

Witt/Kieffer Chair and CEO Charles W.B. Wardell, III recently…