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Mercedes Chacon Vance

Mercedes Chacon Vance, consultant, brings more than 15 years of education and not-for-profit executive search experience to Witt/Kieffer. Prior to joining Witt/Kieffer, Mercedes worked in corporate retained search. It was her commitment to organizations that enhance diversity and quality of life that brought her back to education and not-for-profit executive search work.

Mercedes identifies presidents, vice presidents and deans in colleges and universities on behalf of a broad spectrum of Witt/Kieffer education clients. Mercedes has a particular expertise in advancement and development search and has worked on over forty advancement searches in the last three years, serving clients across the nation. She leads searches and directs the executive search process from start to finish, including locating top candidates and supporting the research, interviewing, negotiating and follow-up processes of every successful search.

Mercedes consistently offers her clients a consultative approach to the identification and recruitment of top development candidates. She is also involved with CASE and ACE, presenting on strategic talent management subjects. Mercedes has also presented with the ACE Women’s Network on assessing readiness and planning career moves.

During college, Mercedes worked in human resources for the U.S. Department of Energy in Albuquerque, NM. Her work in human resources led her to a career in executive search. She is committed to serving not-for-profits and volunteers with a wide variety of organizations in her community. Mercedes is based in Portland, ME and may be reached through the Oak Brook office.

B.S., Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH



Current Searches

John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) | Vice President for Finance and Administration | New York, NY
Kansas State University Foundation | Senior Director of Development, College of Veterinary Medicine | Manhattan, KS
Rice University | Assistant Dean for External Relations, Jones Graduate School of Business | Houston, TX
University of Florida | Executive Director of Development, College of Veterinary Medicine | Gainesville, FL
University of Illinois at Springfield | Dean of the College of Public Affairs and Administration | Springfield, IL
University of Illinois at Springfield | University Librarian and Dean, Library Instructional Services | Springfield, IL

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Mercedes Chacon Vance
2015 Spring Road
Suite 510
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Phone: 630-990-1370
Fax: 630-990-1382
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