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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


Current Searches

Boston University | Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences | Boston, MA
Dakota State University | President | Madison, SD
George Mason University | President at Mason Korea | Incheon City, South Korea, OU
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 Arkansas at Monticello | Chancellor | Monticello, AR
University of Minnesota-Morris | Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean | Morris, MN
University of South Dakota | Vice President for Human Resources | Vermillion, SD
University of Texas at Arlington | Vice President for Development & Alumni Relations | ARLINGTON, TX
Virginia Wesleyan College | President | Norfolk, VA
Williams College | Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity | Williamstown, MA

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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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