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Lucy Apthorp Leske

Lucy Apthorp Leske, managing partner of the higher education practice, joined Witt/Kieffer in 1998 and has been an executive recruiter since 1992.  She has led a broad range of searches, including presidential, vice presidential, decanal, and provostial searches during her tenure with the company, and her areas of expertise include academic affairs,student affairs, development, and finance and administration.
She has published national articles and presented at professional conferences on topics such as leadership transition, professional development for women and underrepresented individuals, and the recruitment and retention of staff.

Lucy serves on the Witt/Kieffer Diversity Task Force and works with clients to enhance diversity and inclusive excellence in leadership recruitment.  She is a member of the board of trustees of Mitchell College in New London, CT.


B.A., Biological Sciences, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
Certificate of Completion, Ecology, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA 


Thought Leadership


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American University of Sharjah | Dean, College of Engineering | UAE, OU
American University of Sharjah | Provost | UAE, OU
Elon University | Dean, Elon College of Arts and Sciences | Elon, NC
Graduate Center of the City University of New York | Provost and Senior Vice President | New York, NY
Olin College of Engineering | Vice President for Development, Family and Alumni Relations | Needham, MA
University of Arkansas at Monticello | Chancellor | Monticello, AR
University of Houston / University of Houston System | Senior Vice Chancellor for Administration & Finance / Senior VP for Administration & Finance | Houston, TX

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Lucy Apthorp Leske
Managing Partner, Education Practice
Nantucket, MA
Phone: 508-680-1268
Fax: 630-990-1257
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