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Dennis Barden

Dennis M. Barden, senior partner, joined the Witt/Kieffer team in 1998 after 20 years in academic administration. Dennis works extensively with boards, senior institutional leaders and search committees in support of searches for presidents/chancellors, chief academic officers, deans, and advancement and other leadership in both public and private institutions. He is particularly attuned to the delicate balance between the tenets of shared governance and the demands of a rapidly changing marketplace within higher education and the not-for-profit sector. Dennis has written extensively on the search process in higher education with a focus on the work of boards and search committees in times of change.

Dennis began his administrative career at his alma mater, St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. He went on to serve on the staffs at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He subsequently served 11 years at the University of Chicago, first as assistant dean of its law school and then as an assistant vice president.

Dennis is a past chair of the American Council on Education’s Executive Search Roundtable and is a regular contributor to The Chronicle of Higher Education. He is a recipient of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education’s Steuben Apple Award for his outstanding performance in that organization’s international educational programs.

B.A., English Literature, magna cum laude, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY


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Dennis Barden
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