Based in Austin, Texas, Ryan Crawford is a seasoned executive search professional who approaches his work proactively and creatively. Ryan believes that, while a successful search is based on a measured, comprehensive process, the consulting team must be responsive and adaptive in order to identify innovative, compelling candidates. He is adept at working with search committees to align goals and recruiting strategies with the expectations of faculty, students and campus stakeholders.
Ryan brings to his role more than 13 years of executive recruiting experience. Prior to joining WittKieffer, he served as a partner at an education-focused executive search firm, where he served as lead consultant on higher education searches for positions including presidents, deans and administrators in academic affairs, advancement, enrollment management and student affairs. In addition to his recruiting responsibilities, he played an instrumental role in business development and client engagement. Preceding this, Crawford was a principal at an Atlanta-based executive search firm, where he conducted searches in higher education, academic health sciences and collegiate athletics.
Ryan is dedicated to his own professional development as well as supporting others in their pursuit of career aspirations. He is a regular speaker and participant in professional organizations, seeking to clarify and demystify the way that executive search consultants work with clients and candidates. Most recently he has participated in executive search and leadership panels at the American Council of Academic Deans, Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, and Texas Women in Higher Education Conference. In addition, he has completed the eCornell certificate program in Diversity and Inclusion, which focuses on improving employee engagement, counteracting unconscious bias and fostering an inclusive work climate.