How the CFO Influences a Presidential Search and Transition in Higher Ed A Conversation with Zachary A. Smith, PhD
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Other than an institution’s president, there may be no more important position in academia today than the chief financial officer or VP of finance. As the academy considers its future, the CFO is central to its most important discussions—especially around financial planning, budgeting, capital planning, and more. The CFO, therefore, plays a critical role in the hiring of a new president. In the interview below, Witt/Kieffer senior partner Zachary Smith considers the direct and indirect involvement…



Dr. Latha Sivaprasad: Making Leadership a Lifetime Priority

Dr. Latha Sivaprasad has always had an interest in leadership. Even before high school, college and medical school, she took an interest in working with others to find creative solutions to problems. Today, as Chief Medical Officer of Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children’s Hospital – and as a practicing internist, associate professor in the Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School, board member of the Rhode Island Medical Women’s Association (RIMWA), and in other roles – she seeks to make a…



For Physician Leaders, Keeping a Strong, Healthy Clinical Staff Is Job One

A lot is being asked of physician leaders in today’s hospitals, health systems, and medical groups. On the growing list of administrative roles that physician leaders play, recruiting, mentoring and retaining an engaged and dynamic clinical staff is at or near the top.

The ability of physicians to expertly oversee other physicians is a topic that Witt/Kieffer consultant Carl Fitch encounters almost daily. In recruiting up-and-coming executives for…



Bringing Your Best as a New Board Member

Bringing Your Best as a New Board Member

Earlier this year, the Parkinson’s Foundation announced the appointment of Jena Abernathy to its board of directors. Abernathy is senior partner and managing partner/chair of Board Services for Witt/Kieffer, and has a personal connection to the Parkinson’s mission. In the interview below, she shares thoughts about joining the Parkinson’s board and offers advice on how current and future not-for-profit…



For Healthcare CFOs, M&A Activity Spells Change and Opportunity

The role of healthcare CFO is shifting and expanding with the growth and increased complexity of major nonprofit and investor-owned systems. One critical change is that the CFO in hospitals, health systems, and related organizations is much more of an essential right hand and strategic partner to the CEO.

In a recent feature article for Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), titled “Meet Your New Boss,” writer Jim Romeo looks at the integral role of healthcare CFO as…



Can Coaching Help College Presidents?

It’s lonely and tough at the top of the higher education administrative ladder. College and university presidents have more on their plates, and with greater consequences, than ever before. Many presidents are now turning to leadership coaches for support.

Witt/Kieffer recently conducted an online survey of more than 60 presidents on their experience with and thoughts about leadership coaching. More than half of these had experienced coaching at some point in their…



Executive Careers: How to Ace the Interview

Witt/Kieffer senior partner Adriane Willig has conducted hundreds of searches for healthcare executives since joining the firm in 2008, meaning that she has conducted thousands of interviews. In a recent webinar, “How to Ace Your Next Executive Interview,” Willig joined other executive recruiting experts on a panel advising thousands of global executives on the topic. The online event was hosted by BlueSteps, the career support…



Virtua Health CEO Dennis Pullin: In Leadership, Passion Tops Perfection

Like many prominent leaders in healthcare, Dennis W. Pullin, FACHE, has been driven by a desire to help others, which he channels into a clear passion for his work as a chief
executive. Leaders, Pullin believes, don’t have to be perfect as long as they exhibit a genuine, unwavering commitment to peers, patients, and communities and pledge
to learn and grow. Pullin is currently president and CEO of New Jersey-based Virtua Health, a…



When a New President Comes to Campus: Finding Opportunity in Career Transition

When a new college or university president is hired, it is a time of hope and excitement on campus. It can be a time of uncertainty for campus administrators, who must gauge how they will fit in and fare with the new leader. For a variety of reasons, some administrators will find themselves left out of the new administration’s plans – in other words, “off the team” and unemployed.

Witt/Kieffer senior partner Lucy Leske spoke recently with…