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Lucy Apthorp Leske

Lucy Apthorp Leske, senior partner, Education, 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.  Her areas of expertise include presidential and CEO positions; academic leadership in arts and sciences, law, engineering, education, and business; finance and administration; inclusion and diversity; international leadership; and advancement.  

She has published national articles and presented at professional conferences, including meetings of the Ohio and Virginia Networks of ACE’s Office of Women, the ACE Fellows program, the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, the Millennium Leadership Institute of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and TIAA-CREF Institute on topics such as leadership transition and assessment, professional development for women and underrepresented individuals, and the recruitment and retention of staff.  

Lucy is the co-chair of the Witt/Kieffer Diversity Council and works with clients to enhance diversity and inclusive excellence in leadership recruitment. She has played a key role in leading the launch and development of Witt/Kieffer's international higher education search practice. She is a member of the Board of Trustees at Mitchell College in New London, Connecticut.

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


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Stetson University | Dean of the College of Law | Gulfport , FL
United States Golf Association | Chief Philanthropy Officer and Executive Director of the USGA Foundation | Far Hills, NJ
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University of Nebraska at Omaha | Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs | Omaha, NE
University of New Haven | Dean of Arts and Sciences | West Haven, CT

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Lucy Apthorp Leske
Senior Partner
Nantucket, MA
Phone: 630-575-3052
Fax: 630-990-1257
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