Through her executive search work, writing, speaking and professional activities, Lucy Leske continues to make an indelible imprint upon the higher education landscape. An executive recruiter since 1992 – and with WittKieffer since 1998 – Lucy has supported the hiring of hundreds of administrators who are helping to shape and position their institutions for the future.
During her tenure with WittKieffer, Lucy has led a broad range of searches, including presidential, vice presidential, decanal and provostial searches. 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 and philanthropy.
She has published national articles and presented at professional conferences sponsored by the American Council on Education, the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, the Millennium Leadership Institute of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Association of Public Land Grant Universities, and TIAA-CREF Institute. Her topics have included leadership transition and assessment, professional development for women and underrepresented individuals, and the recruitment and retention of staff.
Lucy is a founding member of the WittKieffer Diversity Council and works with clients to enhance diversity and inclusive excellence in leadership recruitment. She has played a key role in expanding WittKieffer’s international executive search practice. She served for ten years on the Board of Trustees at Mitchell College in New London, Connecticut, and on numerous boards and committees related to environmental and community sustainability in her hometown of Nantucket, Massachusetts.