Do Values Still Matter in Recruiting Healthcare Executives?

By Donna Padilla

“Leadership selection has a greater impact on an organization than any other single activity,” wrote ethicist and theologian John “Jack” Glaser in 1989. Dr. Glaser, who passed away in 2012, was an icon in Catholic healthcare circles and in the industry in general, and his words still ring true today. As an executive search consultant (who regularly serves major faith-based healthcare systems), I may be a little biased but it is hard to…



A New Breed of College President, a New Way of Recruitment

By Lucy Leske, Managing Partner

College Presidential Search GuideIn a few short years, the dynamics of the presidential search in higher education have changed dramatically. Institutions still seek exceptional leaders with proven academic credentials, credibility, and experience, but only if there is also potential – to be creative and entrepreneurial, for example, and to manage change, risk, and disruption. Oftentimes this means bringing in leaders from outside the academy. The landscape has…



Barden’s Best: Sage Advice for Academic Candidates and Search Committees

The CASE Leadership Summit is in full swing in Chicago, marking one of the social and intellectual highlights of the year for advancement leaders in higher education. A Witt/Kieffer contingent including senior partner Dennis Barden and consultants Zachary Smith and Mercedes Vance will be on hand for the proceedings.

Barden is not only one of our firm’s most experienced search consultants (in advancement…



Power Principles: Nonprofit Leadership through an Entrepreneur’s Lens

Perkins Nonprofit Leadership Case StudyIn 2013 when the recruitment began for a new president and CEO for Perkins – known best as the parent organization for the Perkins School for the Blind – Dave Power did not consider himself a candidate. The more he thought about the job, however, the more it made sense. He was a successful corporate executive and venture capitalist always looking to make a mark, and…



Healthcare Recruiting: Do Military Skills Translate to Civilian Leadership?

For as long as there have been soldiers there have been veterans, and thus discussions about how best to transition service members into civilian life once their time in the military is up. The concept of transitioning is especially challenging for military officers, as they seek civilian roles that are commensurate with their level of leadership experience, skills, and knowledge.

One former officer who has transitioned quite well into the corporate realm is John McFarland, a senior associate…



Advice for Young Healthcare Leaders: CEO Gyasi Chisley (Q&A Part II)

Gyasi C. Chisley, CEO of Methodist Healthcare North and Senior VP of Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare, recently shared thoughts about physician integration and healthcare change with Witt & Wisdom. Below, in part two of our Q&A, we discuss how mentoring influenced Chisley’s career and the advice he gives to those he mentors or leads now.

Q: Upon winning an Up & Comer Award in…



Severance Practices for College Presidents: Survey Results

By Lucy Leske, Education Practice LeaderMercer Cover

Compensation and benefit packages for college and university presidents attract considerable attention, especially among presidents themselves. While there is plenty of information available on cash compensation for presidents, there is little on severance.

In response, Witt/Kieffer and the global consulting firm Mercer have partnered to conduct a survey of severance practices for the chief executive position (President or Chancellor) among nonprofit colleges and universities…



What to Expect When You’re Expecting a New Healthcare CEO

By Andrew Chastain 

In recruiting healthcare CEOs today, there is usually serious consideration (and consternation) around the question of not just whom to hire, but what this person should do. There are so many things a healthcare CEO can do that organizations must set more realistic expectations about what she or he should do. This doesn’t mean compromising in whom to hire,…



Career Best Practices: Do You Really Want That New Job?

By Nick Giannas, Consultant

Are you sure that you are ready for a new role? For a career change? To move? In almost every search I participate in as an executive recruiter, I encounter candidates who apply for the position without being sure they actually want it. Yes, they are interested in exploring the opportunity, as they usually want the higher salary and…