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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 


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Dakota State University | President | Madison, SD
George Washington University | Associate Vice President, Alumni Relations | Washington, DC
John Carroll University | Dean of the John M. and Mary Jo Boler School of Business | Cleveland, OH
Loyola Marymount University | President | Los Angeles, CA
Sacramento State | President | Sacramento, CA
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | Dean of the School of Law | Chapel Hill, NC
University of Mary Washington | Vice President for Student Affairs | Fredericksburg, VA
University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley | Vice President for Development | Brownsville, TX

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Lucy Apthorp Leske
Managing Partner, Education Practice
Nantucket, MA
Phone: 508-680-1268
Fax: 508-228-6484
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