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Jean A. Dowdall, Ph.D.

Jean Dowdall, senior partner, specializes in senior executive searches for colleges, universities and other not-for-profit organizations. She brings 30 years of experience in higher education and has been a search consultant since 1996. Following a faculty career, she began her administrative career as an American Council on Education (ACE) fellow, and then became a dean of arts and sciences (West Chester University, West Chester, PA), vice president (Arcadia University, Glenside, PA) and president (Simmons College, Boston, MA).

Jean has carried out more than 150 searches for executive leadership, including over 50 searches for presidents and chancellors. She is the author of Searching for Higher Education Leadership: Advice for Candidates and Search Committees and is a frequent columnist and speaker on executive search. Her columns for the Chronicle of Higher Education are available at


Ph.D., Sociology, Brown University, Providence, RI
M.A., Anthropology, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
B.A., Anthropology, Brown University, Providence, RI, Phi Beta Kappa


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Jean A. Dowdall, Ph.D.
Senior Partner
Philadelphia, PA
Phone: 630-575-6131
Fax: 215-238-6523
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